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Disabled man dies at Gatwick airport in London

A man with restricted abilities dies at Gatwick Airport in London while using an escalator inside the airport terminal unaided. Both the man and his wife needed special assistance to disembark.

The airline said: ‘A number of our cabin crew provided medical assistance to a passenger at Gatwick Airport while awaiting the arrival of paramedics, but the passenger unfortunately later died. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time. »

As reported by The Guardian, a spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said the incident occurred as airport staff were helping to disembark three passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs), adding that the shortage of personnel had played no role in the incident.

The spokesperson said: “This is a sad and tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

“A Wilson James staff member was waiting when the plane arrived and was in the process of disembarking the three PMR passengers when the incident occurred. Staff shortages were not a factor in this incident like this “It is normal for a member of staff to disembark three passengers who need assistance by taking them one by one the short distance to the waiting buggy,” he added.

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A Number 10 spokesperson said: “This is obviously a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at what is an incredibly sad time.”

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: ‘Emergency services were called to reports that a person suffered a fall and injury at Gatwick’s North Terminal at around 12.50pm on Wednesday.

“Despite the efforts of the ambulance service and wider first responders, an 82-year-old man sadly died at the scene. His relatives have been informed. The death is not considered suspicious. A report will be prepared for the coroner,” he added.

An official investigation is currently underway.

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