5-month-old baby killed airport conveyor belt accident in Spain

Passengers wait to collect their luggage at Barajas Airport on March 4, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Denis Doyle/Getty Images

MADRID A Spanish official says a 5-month-old baby has died in an accident after being placed on a baggage conveyor belt at the Alicante airport in southeast Spain.

A spokeswoman for airport management company Aena said the baby and its American mother arrived at the airport late Wednesday on a flight from London. She said the father, a Canadian, was waiting for them at the airport.

She said the baby was on the belt that delivers outsize luggage when the accident happened. She had no further details about the incident and spoke on condition of anonymity because of the rules of her job.

One airport security worker told Atlas news agency it appeared the mother put the baby down briefly on the conveyor belt before the accident happened, Reuters reported.

Police said they were investigating. The U.S. embassy in Madrid said it was aware of the incident but could not provide further information.

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