- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2013

A 5-month-old baby boy died Wednesday night after getting trapped on a baggage collection conveyor belt at the Alicante-Elche Airport in Spain.

The boy’s mother, believed to be American, and older brother had just touched down in an Easyjet aircraft from London Gatwick at the airport for a vacation on Spain’s Costa Blanca, the New York Daily News reported.

Police sources said that once the mother disembarked and arrived at the baggage claim area, she placed the baby, who was believed to be in a baby carrier, “on a special baggage belt usually reserved for the collection of larger suitcases, strollers and musical instruments,” the Daily News reported.


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However, the conveyor belt started moving and the boy became tangled and trapped at the entrance of the bag drop portal. Paramedics rushed to try to save the baby, but he was declared dead at the scene.

Aena airport operator sources speculated that the weight of the child carrier may have triggered a sensor that set the belt in motion, the Europa Press news agency reported.

The boy’s father, believed to be Canadian, was reportedly waiting for his family outside in the airport’s arrivals gate. Red Cross volunteers were on hand for psychological help, the Daily News reported.