Kerala: Probe on into Russian man’s death at T’Puram airport

He reportedly climbed to the top of the VIP room located after the security hold area on the first floor and jumped down, falling near the entry to the Customs enclosure.

Kerala: Probe on into Russian man’s death at T’Puram airport

A 30-year-old Russian national, who checked into the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in Kerala to take a flight to Mumbai late Thursday night, allegedly jumped to death from the first floor of the T-2 terminal.

The incident took place around 11.30 pm. Airport Director George G. Tharakan gave the identity of the deceased as Danill Khondozhko.

He had checked in at 7 pm to board Air India flight 668 flight to Mumbai at 8 pm,

The Hindu reported.

He reportedly climbed to the top of the VIP room located after the security hold area on the first floor and jumped down, falling near the entry to the Customs enclosure.

The security personnel and medical team of the Airports Authority of India at the T-2 terminal rushed to the spot and shifted him in an ambulance to a private hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11.51 pm.

The airport manager, in a complaint to the police, said an electrician, Vijayan, and ASG personnel on duty had informed the staff that a foreigner was seen shouting and attempting to jump from the first floor. Before the manager and others could intervene, Danill jumped from the first floor.

The Valiyathura police have registered a case.

The Russian consulate was alerted and the body was shifted to the mortuary of Government Medical College Hospital for autopsy.

Incidentally, the incident took place on the eve of his birthday.

What exactly triggered the incident is not clear yet. A flight official reportedly said that the incident occurred after the passengers had completed their security check and were waiting in the security hold area.

Describing his fall, an eye-witness said: "The Russian man was seen walking up and down in the security area and performing yoga. After behaving in a restless manner for a long time he suddenly climbed on to the railing and then jumped."

"Being Republic Day, there should have been more security. Moreover, whenever there is any one behaving in such a manner, it's quite natural for security officials present or watching on the CCTV to act, which did not happen," the witness added.