Baby dies in accident on baggage conveyor belt at Spanish airport

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'British' baby dies in accident on luggage conveyor belt at Spanish airport

A five-month-old baby died on Wednesday night after getting trapped in a baggage conveyor belt at an airport in Spain.

The boy's mother had departed from London Gatwick with her baby and his older sibling on an Easyjet flight and had just arrived at Alicante-Elche Airport for a family holiday in Denia on the Costa Blanca.

According to the NY Daily News, after entering the baggage reclaim area, the boy's American mother placed him on a stationary baggage belt reserved for the collection of musical instruments, pushchairs and larger suitcases.

She reportedly turned to reach for something, but the belt was activated and the baby was crushed in the entrance of the bag drop portal.

According to the Daily Mail, a Guardia Civil spokesman said: 'We are still in the early stages of the investigation and looking at CCTV footage, but it seems that it was 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."

The woman had just completed the last leg of a trip from the US to Europe, and the boy's Canadian father was already in Spain, waiting for them at the airport.

The boy's parents and their other child are staying at the hotel where they were meant to be holidaying.

Red Cross volunteers are reportedly on-hand for psychological support.

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