March 30, 2017

Alan Paul Grimes

Authorities at Suvarnabhumi Airport have yet to conclude whether the death of a 32-year-old Australian was an accident or suicide. The tourist plunged to his death from the 4th floor inside the airport terminal on Thursday morning.

Travellers arriving and departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province witnessed the incident and were quick to alarm the authorities at 06:25 who notified the Armed Forces Security Center. Officers and the airport’s medical team rushed to the accident site in an attempt to save the life of the foreign man.

The prostrate body of Alan Paul Grimes, 32, was found on the ground of level G near Exit 4, his head bleeding profusely. Despite multiple fractures, Mr Grimes was still alive when doctors arrived at the scene according to Sirote Duangratana, the General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport. The deceased was in possession of two passports, one from Australia and another from Southern Ireland,

CCTV tracked Mr Grimes going up the escalator to the passenger terminal on the 4th floor. When he reached the top, he tumbled over the railing, plunging four stories to the ground floor. It is yet to be determined whether this fatal incident was an accident or a suicide.

An ambulance rushed Mr Grimes to Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, 16 kilometres from the airport. However, doctors at the hospital pronounced him dead on arrival at 08:06.

The airport Safety Director, Kittpong Kittikachorn, said that similar incidents had happened in the past which is why authorities had installed 2.5-metre-high glass walls both inside and outside the terminal. In the light of today’s fatal incident, Mr Kittpong has ordered engineers to consider additional safety walls.

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Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: March 30, 2017
Last Edited: 5 days ago
Age: 32 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Australian
Cause of Death: Falling
Province: Samut Prakan
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