BA en­gi­neer dies af­ter Heathrow ve­hi­cles crash

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A British Air­ways en­gi­neer has died af­ter two air­port ve­hi­cles crashed at Heathrow.

An­other male sus­tained a sus­pected bro­ken shoul­der in the crash near Ter­mi­nal 5 shortly af­ter 6am yes­ter­day.

The de­ceased, who was in his for­ties, was taken to a west Lon­don hos­pi­tal but could not be saved, the Metropolitan Po­lice said.

A yel­low air­side op­er­a­tions pickup truck was one of the ve­hi­cles in­volved.

They are of­ten driven around the air­field at high speed by Heathrow staff car­ry­ing out tasks such as di­rect­ing air­craft and in­spect­ing the run­ways.

A BA spokes­woman said: “We are deeply sad­dened by this tragic in­ci­dent and are of­fer­ing our full care and sup­port to his fam­ily and col­leagues.”

A Heathrow spokes­woman said: “We can con­firm that fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing two ve­hi­cles 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 co-op­er­at­ing with the po­lice in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion which will fol­low.”

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive was in­formed and of­fi­cers from the Metropolitan Po­lice’s se­ri­ous col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit went to the scene. No ar­rests were made.

At least 20 BA flights from Ter­mi­nal 5 were de­layed and pas­sen­gers were or­dered to leave an air­craft which was un­able to take off.

The air­line apol­o­gised to pas­sen­gers and said it was do­ing “all we can” to en­sure de­layed flights de­part as soon as pos­si­ble.

> One of the ve­hi­cles in­volved in a crash at Heathrow Air­port where a man, aged in his for­ties, died

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