British National Jumps to Death At BKK Airport: Police

An officer investigates the scene where a British national fell to his death early this morning in an apparent suicide.

BANGKOK — A U.K. citizen fell to his death at Suvarnabhumi Airport early Friday morning in an apparent suicide.

The man plunged from the departure level at the airport at about 12:30am, said airport police commander Col. Kittipop Chompunut, adding that it was clearly a suicide.

“He was stressed,” the officer said, without elaborating. 

Khaosod English is withholding the man’s name pending notification of his relatives.

The British national had earlier attempt to jump to his death but was stopped by airport security,  according to another officer, Lt. Col. Kaweewattana Bangkhomtham.

The security guard later told police the man appeared to be in distress, Kaweewattana said. 

Airport staff were talking to the man when, shortly after midnight, he excused himself to have a smoke on the upper-level concourse, where he jumped to his death before the staff could intervene, Kaweewattana said. 

It was the second known suicide at Bangkok’s main international airport this year. In March, CCTV footage captured a German national’s running leap over a low wall along the concourse. 

Airport officials previously acknowledged many suicides at the airport since it opened in 2006.

There were so many in 2013 that airport management company Airports of Thailand announced that year it would spend 30 million baht to erect glass barriers to deter jumpers.

 

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