Andrew Paul Westlake, 30, had reportedly succumbed to his injuries after he was transported to a hospital.
A British man plunged 50 feet to his death after jumping over a balcony in a Turkish airport yesterday, traumatised witnesses have claimed.
Andrew Paul Westlake, 30, was escorted off a plane for “security reasons” minutes before he is deemed to have jumped over a ledge on the Airport of Dalaman.
After the onboard a flight of about 3 hours, Westlake is said to have argued with the cabin crew and taken off the plane, the newspaper Hurriyet.
Earlier the pilot had ordered, the father, from County Durham, from the flight for unruly and police were called.
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Previous reports claimed Westlake was where a jetway attach the plane to the terminal, but traumatised witnesses have claimed, he fell to his death after climbing over the balcony in the airport.
“I stood at the baggage drop to check in bags and I heard a woman scream and say, ‘He jumped, he jumped,'” Bobby Youngson, who was in the airport at the time, told The Sun Online.
“I ran to the glass with the hand rail that came up to chest height — and I looked over the railing, and he was on the ground.”
Mr Youngson continued. “I said: ‘What happened?’ She said: “He just jumped, he climbed up and jumped on.’ … “Myself and the other man went down in the elevator, and we told him to stay still don’t move.”
Witnesses say Westlake jumped from a glass balcony to Dalaman Airport, landing on a floor below.
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According to the Turkish media, Westlake had been wandering the terminal for three days to find a ticket back to Britain after missing his flight.
Another witness told the Mirror revealed he previously tried to run in the glass balcony barrier.
“My partner said, ‘Are you OK?” and tried to give him a hand, but he did not speak. My partner looked back at him and he backed away from the barrier and then just ran and jumped straight down to the floor below.
“The image that my partner still has in his head is the man looking so desperate,” she said.
Another woman said Thomas Cook Airlines employee, under the people to help Andrew as he lay on the floor “When we spoke with the airline representative who went down and she said that he told her that he just wanted to the end … She didn’t know what he meant.”
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Westlake aunt Pauline Butler told the Chronicle Live he was on holiday with his girlfriend and daughter when the tragedy happened early on Tuesday morning.
“We don’t quite know what to think. His mother is completely destroyed. They were very, very close.”
Pauline said his mother, June, is “heartbroken and can barely speak” after the death of the loving father of one.
She said he had some problems during his younger years, but turned his life around with the birth of his daughter about a year ago.
“He’s really settled down since she was born. He was really a loving father. He absolutely idolized his little girl. He would do anything for her.”
Ambulance rushed to the scene and Westlake was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he later died later of his injuries in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
He is said to have suffered broken ribs and not regain consciousness.
According to the Turkish media, Westlake had to wander in the terminal of the Airport of Dalaman, three days to find a ticket back to Britain after missing his flight.
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A ministry of Foreign affairs spokesman told The Sun Online: “We support the family of the British man who, after his death in Turkey and we are in contact with the local authorities.”
A spokesman for Jet2 said: “We understand that a customer unfortunately died on Tuesday morning, after an incident in the terminal of the Airport of Dalaman. Contrary to some reports, we can confirm that the customer was not injured on the plane or in the immediate vicinity of our aircraft.
“As the investigations are ongoing it would be inappropriate for us to comment further, but we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the client’s family and friends during this sad time.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun.