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An elderly airport cargo worker was reportedly crushed to death by a 20-tonne high loading machine in a tragedy at Heathrow Airport.
Distraught staff watched on as the gent, who was below a “scissor” machine that lifts heavy cargo onto jets, was killed after a colleague accidentally lowered it onto his head at Terminal 3.
Cops have opened an urgent investigation alongside Health and Safety Executives and the cargo firm involved, Dnata.
The company’s boss came home from a holiday to deal with the incident, that took place on the evening of February 23.
Heathrow Airport is one of the world’s busiest and handles a whopping 80 million passengers every year.
It works alongside Dnata, a global company that provides ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.
A Heathrow spokesperson said: "We can confirm that following a tragic accident on our airfield, an airport colleague has passed away.
"Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident. We will be fully cooperating with the authorities as they investigate this incident."
A spokesperson for Dnata said: "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a Dnata colleague passed away whilst on duty at London Heathrow Airport.
"Dnata expresses its deepest condolences to our colleague’s family and is providing all possible support to them at this difficult time.
"We are fully co-operating with the authorities in their investigations into the incident.”
The Metropolitan Police is yet to release a statement.
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It comes following chaos at Heathrow Airport earlier in the week after flights were left grounded following a British Airways power outage.
The company’s website was left completely inaccessible and their app crashed too.
They were forced to apologise to customers before the air travel giants eventually fixed the issue.
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