Singapore Airlines stewardess found dead in San Francisco hotel room

Photo: Vanessa Yeap/Facebook
Photo: Vanessa Yeap/Facebook

A Singapore Airlines stewardess was found dead in a hotel room in San Francisco on Tuesday (31 January) US time, just hours before she was scheduled to fly back to Singapore on a return flight.

The deceased has been identified as Penang-born Vanessa Yeap, 38, a leading stewardess who has been with SIA for 16 years, according to media reports on Thursday.

Yeap told her colleagues that she was not feeling well when she arrived in the US city, according to a Channel 8 report. Hours before the return flight, Yeap’s colleagues were looking for her as she did not turn up at the hotel lobby. They later found her dead in her room.

SIA said in a statement obtained by The Straits Times, “We can confirm with regret that one of our female cabin crew was found deceased in her hotel room in San Francisco on Feb 1, 2017 (Singapore time). Our immediate priority is to provide the necessary assistance to the family of the crew member. As the case is under the investigation of the local authorities, we are unable to share any further details.

“The member of crew operated to SFO on flight SQ2/28 January and was due to have operated out from SFO on SQ1/1 February.”

Eric Yeap, brother of the deceased, told Channel 8 that he was on his way to San Francisco. In a post on his Facebook page earlier Thursday, he wrote, “Ko Ko (Brother) love you always”.