Friday 20 April 2018

Five-month-old baby dies in airport conveyor belt tragedy

Alex Diaz

A five-month-old baby was killed after he was trapped in the baggage collection conveyor belt at a Spanish airport.

The child's American mother flew into Alicante-Elche airport from Gatwick in London with her baby and other young child.

She placed the child inside a baby carrier on a stationary heavy baggage-collection belt – which was activated by the weight, setting it in motion – and watched on in horror as her baby was whisked off.

Her Canadian husband was waiting for the family in the arrivals zone when the incident happened at around 11.30pm.

The family were reportedly in Spain for a holiday in the nearby resort town of Denia.

A Guardia Civil spokesman said: "We are still in the early stages of the investigation and looking at CCTV footage, but it seems that it was an accident.

"It seems that the baby carrier's weight activated the belt and the child was trapped in the rollers in the drop zone."

Despite attempts to resuscitate the baby, he was pronounced dead by the airport's on-call doctor at the scene.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later today or tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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