Foreigner falls to death at Suvarnabhumi airport

Foreigner falls to death at Suvarnabhumi airport

Rescue workers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province take the fatally injured foreign man to a hospital after he fell four floors from an escalator.(Airports of Thailand photo)
Rescue workers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province take the fatally injured foreign man to a hospital after he fell four floors from an escalator.(Airports of Thailand photo)

SAMUT PRAKAN - A 32-year-old man holding Australian and Irish passports fell four floors to his death from an escalator at the passenger terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday morning.

Sirote Duangratana, general manager of the airport, said security guards were informed at 6.25am that a foreign man had fallen from an escalator on the fourth floor of the terminal to the first floor.

Medical staff gave him first aid and he was rushed to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8.06am.

Mr Sirote identified the man as Alan Paul Grimes who held an Australian passport and an Irish passport.

Surveillance camera footage showed that he took an escalator from the third floor to the fourth floor, close to Gate 5 of the passenger terminal, and then jumped when he reached the top of the escalator, according to Mr Sirote. He landed on the first floor near Gate 4.

Police were investigating, Mr Sirote said.

Kittpong Kittikachorn, safety director of Suvarnabhumi airport, said as similar such incidents had occured there before, authorities had installed 2.5-metre-high glass walls both inside and outside the terminal. The traveller managed to avoid the walls and jumped, he said.

He ordered engineers to consider additional safety walls.


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