Concern as toddler gets trapped in baggage tunnel

Airport bosses in England have launched an investigation after a two-year-old girl escaped serious injury when she was carried on a baggage conveyor belt.

Airport bosses in England have launched an investigation after a two-year-old girl escaped serious injury when she was carried on a baggage conveyor belt.

The toddler walked through an empty check-in desk at Manchester Airport and hopped on to a conveyor belt.

She was then whisked down the four-mile long tunnel of the conveyor system before she became trapped and was rescued by an engineer.

A source said her clothes had been torn but she only needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruises.

It was not known if she had passed through an X-ray machine but she was discovered in the first of three tiers of the baggage system.

An airport spokesperson said: “We are extremely concerned about this incident and are working with the ground handling agent and the Health and Safety Executive to understand exactly how it occurred and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure this cannot happen again.”

The girl went missing at about 6.45pm last Thursday as her parents joined the queue for a flight to Islamabad in Terminal 2.

She wandered off as they checked in their own luggage and raised the alarm when they could not find her.

Shortly after, an engineer found the child as he investigated a stoppage in the conveyor system.

Paramedics took her to Wythenshawe Hospital and she was kept in overnight as a precaution.

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