A backpacker was found dead at an airport today after plunging some 100ft to the ground from a fourth floor escalator while carrying his guitar.
Alan Paul Grimes, 32, – who held Australian and Irish passports – arrived at the passenger terminal at Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand this morning.
He had not yet checked in for his departing flight and fell to the ground from the fourth floor inside the building.
His body – with an acoustic guitar still strapped to his back – was found face down at 6.25am by horrified staff.
Alan was rushed to hospital later pronounced dead after suffering severe injuries.
Airport bosses claimed CCTV showed that Alan had jumped once he reached the top floor before squeezing through 2.5meter high glass anti-suicide walls.
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 from the 4th floor of the passenger terminal to the first floor.
”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 08.06 hours.
”Mr Grimes holds two passports. We checked CCTV cameras and found that he walked up the escalator.
‘’He took the escalator in the terminal building from the 3rd floor to the 4th floor, then jumped to the 1st floor.’’
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 Alan had squeezed through a gap in glass installed to prevent people from jumping.