An unidentified male passenger was transported from London’s Heathrow Airport by air ambulance after falling from an outdoor balcony. The incident at British Airways’ Galleries Nouth Lounge in Terminal 5 occurred mid-afternoon.
An eyewitness reports hearing the words “No” and looking up to see the legs of the passenger who had appeared to have fallen head first over the railing of the balcony. He landed on a glass covering over an escalator below and was seen “twitching in a pool of blood”.
BA staff redirected arriving passengers to the South Galleries Lounges after the incident.
The status of the victim is unknown at this time. He was reportedly with two other passengers, a male and female, at the time of the incident.
9:50 am CT – I’m not finding any news reports yet so I’m compiling (above) what is known at this point from my witness and from the reports on FlyerTalk.com
9:00 am CT – It’s been reported that an air ambulance has now landed near the lounge. My original witness has now boarded a flight but there is now a discussion thread on the British Airways forum at FlyerTalk.com
8:40 am CT – I have spoken with a passenger (who asks to remain unnamed) who witnessed the incident who said there is “blood everywhere”.
The incident took place at the North Terminal 5 Lounge in the outside seating area. The male passenger went over the balcony railing and hit his head as he fell below. The unidentified victim was reportedly with another man and a woman.
Reports are that BA personnel are now turning away new passengers from the North Lounge and redirecting them to the South Lounge.
8:30 am CT – There is a report on my social media feed from an eyewitness that an individual has jumped off a balcony at the British Airways Terminal 5
South North Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport, landing on a glass escalator covering below.
I will update this story with further details as they become available.