Woman loses part of leg in freak accident at Thai airport

By Phan Anh   June 29, 2023 | 08:39 pm PT
Woman loses part of leg in freak accident at Thai airport
Staff of the Don Mueang Airport in Thailand's Bangkok rush to a woman's aid after her leg got caught in a moving walkway, June 29, 2023. Photo courtesy of the Don Mueang Airport's Facebook page
A woman lost part of her leg after it got trapped in a moving walkway at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport on Thursday.

The unidentified woman tripped over her suitcase while using the walkway at around 8:30 a.m., and her leg got caught, Bangkok Post newspaper quoted the airport’s general manager, Karant Thanakuljeerapat, as saying.

Medical staff rushed to her aid and took her to a nearby hospital where an emergency amputation had to be done on her left leg, The Nation newspaper reported.

Her condition is not known.

Following the tragedy, the airport closed the walkway and ordered an investigation.

Thanakuljeerapat said walkways are inspected daily, and the one causing the accident had been certified as ready for use that day.

The airport’s 20 walkways were installed by Japan’s Hitachi in 1996, and are maintained regularly, he added.

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