Tourist fighting for his life after balcony fall at Birmingham Airport

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A holidaymaker is in a critical condition after he plunged 20ft from an upper level balcony at the check-in area of Birmingham Airport.

The man, in his 40s, slipped from the upper balcony to the main busy floor of the terminal on Thursday afternoon, the Birmingham Mail.

Horrifies passengers witnessed the fall and emergency workers rushed to his aid before the man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit.

The Daily Mirror reports that a member of staff at an airport shop said the man was having a "blazing row with this partner".

"One minute he was sitting on the ledge and the next he had fallen between the gap where the escalator leading up to the upper floor was," they said.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman told the Birmingham Mail: "A man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after falling from the first floor inside Birmingham Airport.

"Police officers are at the scene and are trying to establish the circumstances of the incident, which is not thought to be suspicious."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Unfortunately, the man's injuries were considered life-threatening."

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