Female tourist may lose her leg after getting caught in moving walkway at Bangkok airport: Passengers’ horror as travelator rips through victim’s limb
- Woman tripped and got stuck in machine at Don Mueang International Airport
- Doctors are reportedly racing to save the rest of her mangled limb
A female passenger may lose her leg after getting it caught in a moving walkway in a Bangkok airport.
The unnamed tourist was travelling at around 8.30am on a domestic flight from Don Mueang International Airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat province.
In a shocking accident she tripped over her pink suitcase and got stuck on the conveyor belt, which ripped through muscle, tendon, and bone.
Horrified passersby fumbled to turn off the emergency switch as the machine continued tearing through her flesh.
Medics eventually took her to Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital in the capital for emergency treatment.
The unnamed tourist may lose her whole leg after the limb was swallowed by the travelator
Horrified passengers at Don Mueang International Airport scrambled to switch off the machine which was ripping through her flesh
Local media reported that the woman had ‘lost her leg’ and doctors are understood to be battling to save the rest of the limb to avoid having it amputated.
Airport authorities have ordered a probe to determine the cause of the accident.
In the meantime, the travelator automatic walkway has been closed as an engineering team conducts an inspection and security checks.
In a statement, the Don Mueang Airport said: ‘The director of Don Mueang Airport and management has visited the patient to follow up on the treatment and received information from the medical team at Bhumibol Hospital that she is currently in the process of receiving treatment from the medical team.
‘Don Mueang Airport is deeply saddened by the incident and ready to fully accept the responsibility as well as take care of the medical expenses and compensation.’
The airport said no flights were delayed due to the accident.
Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) serving Bangkok opened in 1914 but was replaced by the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) on the outskirts of the city in 2014.
The passenger was rushed to Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital in the capital for emergency treatment
The woman reportedly tripped over her pink suitcase (pictured with damage) before falling onto the travelator
Pictured is the travelator which mangled the woman’s leg
The terrifying incident comes just days after an airport worker was killed after being sucked into an engine on the tarmac of San Antonio International Airport.
Emergency services responded to the nightmare incident at around 10.25pm on Friday night.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed the airline ground crew member died after they went into the engine of a Delta Airlines aircraft. The agency described the worker as being ‘ingested’ into the engine.
The plane had just arrived from Los Angeles and was taxying to a gate at the time of the accident.
Delta Flight 1111 had just one engine on at the time when the worker, who is yet to be identified, was sucked in and killed.