Inquest into passenger escalator death at Gatwick adjourned

By Linsey McNeill
15/12/2022
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An inquest into the death of a granddad who fell from an escalator at Gatwick Airport has been adjourned until next year for further evidence.

A hearing heard how Gerardo Silano, aged 82, had died from a broken back after falling from the escalator on his way home from a family holiday in Naples.

His family had booked special assistance to help him and his 78-year-old wife Irma from the easyJet flight through the North Terminal on June 15.

The couple were met at the aircraft with a wheelchair for Irma, but instead of accompanying his wife in a lift, Mr Silano decided to walk up the escalator, the hearing heard.

A report in The Sun said passengers screamed as the elderly man fell from the escalator.

EasyJet staff rushed to help but he died shortly after.

Although the accident happened at a time when Gatwick was struggling with a staff shortage, the inquest determined that reduced staff numbers did not play a role in the accident, The Sun reported.

A Gatwick spokesperson told the paper: “Our thoughts continue to be with the Silano family at this difficult time.

“It would not be appropriate to go into detail ahead of the conclusion of the inquest.

“However, what I can say is that special assistance was provided and requested and did not play a role in the sad accident.”

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