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City lawyer proposed to Ashurst associate girlfriend as their flight plummeted 24,000 feet in emergency landing

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The couple reconfirmed their engagement once safely on the ground

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A high-flying City lawyer has recalled the moment he proposed to his Ashurst associate girlfriend as their aeroplane to Bali, Indonesia, plummeted towards the ground.

Chris Jeanes, a lawyer at the London office of US law firm O’Melveny & Myers, was on board an AirAsia flight from Perth, Australia, when staff declared a mid-air emergency.

As oxygen masks dropped from the overhead panels, the 27-year-old corporate transactional lawyer — who had originally planned on proposing in Bali — asked his lawyer girlfriend Casey Kinchella to marry him.

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Jeanes told NBC News that airline staff began yelling “emergency, brace, crash positions” about 25 minutes into the flight. Fearing the worst, Jeanes was forced to bring his proposal forward. He continued:

“Luckily she said yes, we both reconfirmed with each other when we were on the ground.”

University of Southampton grad Jeanes joined O’Melveny & Myers in 2013 as a trainee and is an investment funds specialist, according to his firm profile. Meanwhile, 28-year-old Kinchella, originally from Australia, studied law at Queen Mary University of London and is a securities and derivatives associate in Ashurst’s London office.

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In a statement, AirAsia’s group head of safety, Captain Ling Liong Tien, said that the aeroplane was forced to return to Perth because of “technical issues”. He continued:

“We commend our pilots for landing the aircraft safely and complying with standard operating procedure. We are fully committed to the safety of our guests and crew and we will continue to ensure that we adhere to the highest safety standards.”

All 145 passengers onboard had their journeys rescheduled.

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36 Comments

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Pathetic, isn’t it

They just copy RoF

Anonymous

Anonymous

Hi Alex

Anonymous

Nice try Tommy.

Now f*ck off Tommy.

Anonymous

Rof stealing again.

Anonymous

You may want to consider that the original version of this story was reported by the AP.

Anonymous

Hi Tommy.

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Anonymous

By your logic roll on friday “ripped this off” from Associated Press. As an aside, rof writers in the comments here seem to produce more content for Legal Cheek these days than for their employer.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

ap didn’t say their firms or have interview, so not sure you can say rof ripped it off

Anonymous

Hi Jamie

Anonymous

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Anonymous

God you’re so alpha, bro. I bet you bench press 160kg reps for bants.

Anonymous

Damn right I do. 100 sets for days

Anonymous

Could easily have gone down like a tonne of bricks.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

LC is better than RoF. Better comments section and far more active.

The same content will inevitably get posted on both because there is not that much to report on in the legal world. Who cares which website posts what first. Sometimes RoF and sometimes LC get there first, but it always seem to be the RoF brigade b*tching when LC post second.

Anonymous

Seriously? The writing on RoF is way better, and the stories reflect the fact that it’s read by actual lawyers and not just undergraduates.

Anonymous

Nobody gives a sh*t about the content of the articles. It isn’t about that. Articles on both sites are usually complete dross.

Alpha Bro

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Anonymous

Banter lad – bet you curl 180kgs for pre-drinks.

Anonymous

Maybe he has a really dig bick

Pascal

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Larry

A nice healthy spreading

Anonymous

Congratulations to the couple!!

Cpt Parachute

“A high-flying City lawyer …”

Haaaahh!

Jones Day Associate

Her smile is even more beautiful than Katie King’s

Judge Mental

Someone is punching above their weight.

De Capiteeeeeeen

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Anonymous

Actually, translated that meant “I wish the happy couple all happiness and prosperity and sorry for soiled underclothing” in Siamese.

Racist for deleting.

Top Journalist

“Luckily she said yes, we both reconfirmed with each other when we were on the ground.”

Original draft said:

“Luckily she said yes, we both reconfirmed with each other when we were on the ground and had changed out of our shat underwear”.

Rumpletock

And don’t tell me – the airline was called Halliwells.

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