A 32-year-old American woman arrived at the Alicante-Elche airport late Wednesday on a flight from London’s Gatwick airport with her baby and another young child. Her husband, a Canadian, was waiting for her in another part of the airport.
The woman made her way to the baggage area where she was retrieving items from a baggage carousel that holds over-sized bags and items like car seats, strollers, etc. The carousel only moves in one direction and is only activated when items are placed on top of it.
According to sources, the woman placed or dropped her baby on the conveyor belt when she climbed up to retrieve a pushchair that had become stuck. The belt started moving after the sensors detected something had been placed on top of it, and within seconds, the baby’s head was crushed in a 10cm gap where two baggage belts converged.
To help better form that horrific mental image going on in your head, here’s a picture of the gap between the two belts.
The woman’s screams alerted airport personnel, including medical staff, who tried to revive the baby. Sadly, according to reports, it was clear the boy had a crushed skull and he was pronounced dead by the airport’s on-call doctor.
In accordance to Spanish law, the baby could not be moved until after a judge arrived on the scene. Authorities believe this was nothing more than a tragic accident, but an investigation is ongoing.Tags: Accident, airport, Alicante-Elche, Crime, crushed, luggage, Spain