‘We have to live with this’ – Family of Andrew Westlake speak out after two year search for answers

The heartbroken household of Andrew Westlake hope folks will change into extra conscious of psychological well being points after his tragic demise.

Since Andrew’s demise in May 2018, his household have been looking out for answers about what occurred after he was escorted off a Jet2 flight at Dalaman Airport.

The 29-year-old was requested to depart after telling passengers they have been being poisoned by the air-con and threw away a glass of water, saying it was poisoned.

Staff believed Andrew was drunk – regardless of not smelling alcohol – however a toxicology report confirmed there was no drink or medicine in his system.

Tragically, three hours later Andrew, of Annfield Plain, jumped over a barrier and fell 10 metres to the bottom.

An inquest heard Andrew jumped whereas struggling a “psychological well being episode” following the breakdown of his relationship, being overseas with no cash or telephone, and having been with out lodging for days.

His sister Samantha Gradon, 33, stated: “People have to perceive and never simply assume somebody is on drink or medicine, it was clearly a person who wanted assist.

“I have somewhat lady and I hope if she ever goes on vacation would by no means be put in that state of affairs.

“If he hadn’t left that airplane, he would have been residence.

“I do know myself that when somebody is affected by nervousness, small issues seem to be actually massive issues to them

“You ought to by no means decide a guide by its cowl. You ought to spend that little bit of time understanding the state of affairs.



Andrew Westlake, 29, with his niece Hollie

“If folks had spoken to Andrew that evening they may have understood the best way he was appearing.”

Andrew had been on vacation was his companion and daughter, however was requested to depart the resort after a sequence of rows and spent two days ready for his flight residence on the airport – with no cash or cell phone.

After boarding the flight, he was introduced off the plane at round 12.30am and at round 2am police discovered him attempting to enter a safe navy half of the airport.

He was on the data desk and employees provided to assist him however minutes later he jumped over a barrier shut to the test-in desk at round 3am on May 29.

Andrew was taken to hospital for therapy however died of his accidents that have been constant with a fall.

Coroner James Thompson stated he could be writing to the vacation agency and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ask whether or not something may very well be finished to help folks requested to depart a flight who weren’t disruptive and who could also be affected by a psychological well being challenge.




Samantha, of Stanley, believes Jet2 may have finished extra to assist and airport employees must be given additional coaching to determine if somebody is in disaster.

She stated: “The factor by this entire course of is that we consider Jet2 may have finished extra.

“We all the time believed with the correct assist and help as a household we’d not be put on this state of affairs.

“If a coverage or process was put in place this might stop future deaths.

“If that they had a coverage or process in place then the coroner wouldn’t be writing to them.

“It wasn’t dealt with effectively in any respect. As a household, we are going to all the time have to live with this.”

After his demise, there was thriller round what occurred within the airport and Andrew’s household desperately tried to get details about what occurred.

His mum, June Westlake, spoke of her heartache about not figuring out what occurred to her son.

Samantha stated: “My mam has not been the identical since. We are fairly an in depth household and it has been heartbreaking to see what she has been by.

“I could not put myself in that state of affairs. This will keep with us ceaselessly.”

Samantha stated her brother was a “completely happy go fortunate individual” who would “take every single day because it comes”.

She added: “I’m not going to say he was a model citizen, he was regular. He had a very good good friend base and was a doting [dad] on his little lady.

“He has been robbed of that likelihood to be with her, and robbed of all of the stuff.

“We need to elevate consciousness of psychological well being as I by no means need one other household to be on this state of affairs, underneath these circumstances.

“I’d hate for it to occur to me, to be caught in another country with no person round you.”

A spokesperson stated: “We be aware the Coroner’s feedback, and we will guarantee everybody that the security and effectively-being of our prospects and colleagues is our primary precedence always.

“Where we’re required to make the tough determination to disembark a passenger from a flight, our extremely educated groups will observe strict techniques of communication and procedures, which deal with the security and welfare of all prospects and colleagues, together with the person who’s disembarked. Additional help and help was additionally provided to Mr Westlake.”

Source: www.chroniclelive.co.uk

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