Backpacker falls 150ft to his death at a Bangkok airport

The backpacker, 32, fell 150ft to his death from a fourth floor escalator at an airport while carrying his guitar

A backpacker has plummeted 150ft to his death from a fourth floor escalator at an airport.

The man, who held Australian and Irish passports, arrived at the passenger terminal at Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.

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CCTV shows the 32-year-old jumping after he squeezed through high glass anti-suicide walls, airport bosses claimed.

The backpacker, 32, fell 150ft to his death from a fourth floor escalator at an airport while carrying his guitar

He had not yet checked in for his departing flight and fell to the ground from inside the building.

The man’s body – with an acoustic guitar still strapped to his back – was found face down at 6.25am by horrified staff.

The man, identified as Alan Paul Grimes, was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead after suffering severe injuries.

Sirote Duangratan, Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said: ‘Today at about 06.25 am, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Security Center (TSP) was informed of a foreign passengers jumping from the escalator in the passenger terminal.

‘When informed of the incident, police officers and related agencies arrived to get help. The man was taken to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital. He died at 08.06am.

Airport bosses claimed CCTV showed him jumping after he squeezed through high glass anti-suicide walls

‘He holds two passports. We checked CCTV cameras and found that he walked up the escalator.’

Sirote said that police were investigating the death and were working with embassy officials to contact relatives.

The airport’s safety director Kittpong Kittikachor said that he had squeezed through a gap in glass installed to prevent people from jumping.

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-Daily Mail

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