Baby killed in airport conveyor belt

Last updated 11:45 20/09/2013
Alicante airport
Alicante airport: The baby's weight activated the baggage conveyor belt.

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A five-month-old baby has been killed in a freak accident after becoming trapped in an airport baggage conveyor belt in Spain.

The baby was crushed to death after his mother placed him on the baggage carrier at Alicante airport. The belt was activated by the baby's weight.

Reports said when carousel began moving the baby was taken to bag portal, where he became trapped in the rollers.

A spokeswoman for airport management company Aena said the baby and its American mother arrived at the airport late Wednesday on a flight from London with the baby and an older child.

She said the father, a Canadian, was waiting for them at the airport.

She said the baby was on the belt that delivers outsize luggage when the accident happened. She had no further details about the incident and spoke on condition of anonymity because of the rules of her job.

Police said they were investigating. The US embassy in Madrid said it was aware of the incident but could not provide further information.

A police spokesman said: "We are looking at CCTV but it seems an accident.

"The mother left the baby on the conveyor belt, which can be activated by detecting weight or by an airport employee.

"It seems that the baby carrier's weight activated the belt and the child was trapped in the rollers in the drop zone."

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