A dad fell to his death after jumping over an airport barrier on his way home from holiday, an inquest heard.
Andrew Westlake, 29, was suffering a mental health crisis when he plunged 10metres to the ground in Dalaman Airport, Turkey, the hearing was told.
He had been on a trip with his partner and baby daughter in May 2018 when the tragedy unfolded, ChronicleLive reports.
The dad, of Annfield Plain, County Durham, was asked to leave the Grand Aquarium Hotel after a string of arguments.
Durham and Darlington Coroner’s Court heard he went to the Honorary British Consulate in Marmaris seeking help to get to the airport.
He was given charity money to buy food and a bus ticket to the airport, where he spent two days waiting for his flight home before checking in.
Once he boarded the plane on May 28, passengers were concerned about his behaviour.
He told them the air conditioning would poison them and lifted his t-shirt over his face and began to close the air conditioning vents, the inquest heard.
Witnesses said he threw a glass of water in the air, saying it was poisoned.
His partner was also onboard the plane but was not sitting next to him, the inquest heard.
He was brought off the aircraft and met by Zuhal Mete, a Jet2 customer co-ordinator, who said he looked “sad” and “scared”.
She added: “He was acting very strangely.”
Ms Mete said she tried to find him accommodation and to call his family from her office.
At around 2am on May 29 police found him trying to enter a secure military part of the airport and he was escorted back to the main terminal.
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He was at the information desk and staff offered to help him.
Minutes later, at about 3am, he jumped over a barrier near the check-in desk.
Witness Sara Long heard a loud “thud” and when she looked around she saw him on the floor.
She said: “My partner said to him ‘Are you okay? Do you want a hand?
“He looked at him and didn’t say anything.”
She described him as looking “quite sad” and “lost”, adding: “He got up from the floor and vaulted himself over the barrier.
“I don’t think he realised how far down it was. He didn’t look first, he just jumped.”
When she looked over she saw him lying on the floor and started screaming for help.
Susan Springett said he bounced off the barrier before he ran towards the railing and jumped over it sideways.
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She said he did not appear to be drunk and looked like an "active young man".
He was taken to hospital for treatment but died of his injuries that were consistent with a fall.
A toxicology report showed there was no alcohol or drugs in his system.
Coroner James Thompson said he was in a state of “despair”.
He said this followed the breakdown of his relationship, being abroad with no money or phone, and having been without accommodation for days.
The coroner did not know whether jumping the barrier was an act of bravado, frustration or despair.
In his conclusion, he said he jumped "while suffering some form of mental health episode and it was unlikely he was aware of the consequences of that".
The coroner said he will write to the holiday firm and the Civil Aviation Authority.
He will ask if anything could be done to help people asked to leave a flight who were not disruptive and who may be suffering from a mental health issue.
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