British man, 30, dies after falling from plane exit onto runway at airport in Turkey

A British traveller has died after falling from a plane door onto the runway of a Turkish airport.

Staff at Dalaman Airport, in southwest Turkey, were trying to remove the 30-year-old from the flight when he fell from an exit.

The man, named locally as Andrew Paul W, landed on the concrete below and was knocked unconscious.

An ambulance took him to a nearby private hospital where he was found to have broken ribs.

He died a short time later. Police are investigating.

Andrew had been waiting at the airport for a flight back to the UK for three days after losing his ticket.

After boarding a flight at around 3am, he is said to have become involved in an argument with cabin crew, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

The pilot then ordered him off the plane as a risk to flight safety.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Turkey.”

She added that they were in contact with the local authorities.

Dalaman is a busy airport which serves some of Turkey’s most popular coastal resorts including Marmaris and Fethiye.

The area is very popular with British tourists with balmy temperatures and stunning beaches and its population rockets during high season.


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