Sunday 25 March 2018

One dead as two vehicles involved in 'serious accident' at Heathrow Airport

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Heathrow Airport said it is dealing with a "serious accident involving two vehicles" on the airfield after several passengers reported on Twitter that they had suffered delays on the tarmac and at their gates.

In a post to Twitter the airport said the incident involved "two members of staff", adding: "An investigation is underway and we are working with the police. This incident didn't involve any passengers and is not expected to cause any impact on journeys today."

Despite the airport insisting the incident would not impact journeys, a number of passengers posted to Twitter that they had suffered problems.

Alastair MacLeod tweeted: "Apparently there has been an accident on one of the runways at @HeathrowAirport and many planes (including this one) are parked on the apron with unspecified delays of 'hours'. No public news of this and no useful updates from @British_Airways - anyone out there know any more?"

After Heathrow responded to say the accident was not expected to impact journeys, Steven Ross replied: "With respect, it is impacting journeys departing B gates - BA710 to Zurich delayed by +2 hrs and aircraft change required. Sending good wishes to injured staff."

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "Police were called at 6.06am on Wednesday, February 14, following a collision between two airport vehicles on the taxiway at Heathrow Airport.

"Officers attended with London Ambulance Service colleagues.

"One male is believed to have sustained a broken shoulder; his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing.

"Another male, aged in his 40s, was taken to a west London hospital with serious injuries. He has since died.

"Officers have informed next of kin. We await formal identification.

"A post-mortem will be scheduled in due course.

"There have been no arrests.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

"Officers from the Met's Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating."

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