- An 82-year-old man with mobility problems has died after falling from an escalator at Gatwick airport.
- Ambulance services were called to the airport at 12:50 PM on June 15, but the man died at the scene.
- Last week, the airport came under fire for stranding a disabled passenger on a flight for 95 minutes.
An 82-year-old man with mobility issues has died after falling off an escalator at Gatwick airport after getting off an easyJet flight, airport officials confirmed.
The currently unidentified man waited to be helped off the flight by Wilson James Services, the company used by Gatwick Airport to help disabled passengers from planes.
Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is a major international airport serving the British capital.
Wilson James told Insider that the employee assigned to his flight helped three people get off the plane, two of whom needed a wheelchair.
When this employee was transporting a passenger from the plane to the airport and was therefore not available for the 82-year-old, he disembarked with a group of passengers.
While traveling through the airport with a group of fellow passengers with limited mobility, the man fell off an escalator, Gatwick Airport and Wilson James told Insider.
“Staff shortages were not a factor in this incident as alleged. It is normal for one staff member to disembark three passengers in need of assistance by taking them one at a time the short distance to the waiting buggy,” said an airport spokesperson from Gatwick. told The Guardian.
Sussex police confirmed to Insider that ambulance services were called to the airport at 12:50 pm on June 15, where the man died at the scene.
They also added that the death is not treated as suspicious.
EasyJet told Insider that “several of our cabin crew provided medical assistance to a passenger in the airport terminal building in Gatwick pending the arrival of paramedics. Sadly, the passenger later died sadly. Our thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time.” time.”
In a statement to Insider, a spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said: “This is a sad and tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased.
“A formal investigation is currently underway and it would not be appropriate to comment further.”
Wilson James and Gatwick Airport have recently been criticized after Victoria Brignell, a 45-year-old wheelchair user, was stranded for 95 minutes on a British Airways flight when staff failed to show up to help her off the plane.