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Disabled easyJet passenger dies after ‘falling down escalator’ at Gatwick Airport

todayJune 17, 2022

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A disabled passenger died at Gatwick Airport after ‘falling down an escalator’, according to national reports. It was reported the man fell down an escalator on Wednesday after he made his own way to the terminal after assistance didn’t arrive.

The Mirror reports that Gatwick said it was a “sad and tragic incident” but refuted claims an unnamed source made to The Sun that staff shortages had anything to do with it. A Gatwick Airport spokesperson told the Mirror: “This is a sad and tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased.

“A member of Wilson James [private aviation services] staff was waiting when the aircraft arrived and was in the process of disembarking the three PRM passengers when the incident occurred. Staff shortages were not a factor in this incident as has been claimed. It is normal for one staff member to disembark three passengers who require assistance by taking them one at a time the short distance to the waiting buggy.

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“A formal investigation is currently under way and it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

A spokesperson for easyJet, who the passenger was flying with, said: “A number of our cabin crew provided medical assistance to a passenger at Gatwick whilst waiting for paramedics, however, the passenger sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.”

The incident comes after months of issues experienced at airports by frustrated passengers who have faced long delays and last-minute cancellations. Several disabled passengers have complained of being abandoned aboard planes, long after the aircraft has landed.

BBC Security correspondent Frank Gardner found himself stuck on an empty jet after it landed back in the UK at Heathrow Airport from Estonia. The veteran journalist, who began using a wheelchair in 2004 after being shot six times in Saudi Arabia, said it was the fourth time this has happened to him.

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