Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

All Tragic Andrew Wanted Was to Get Home; FELLOW PASSENGER TELLS HOW STAFF TOOK DAD OFF FLIGHT BEFORE HIS DEATH

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

All Tragic Andrew Wanted Was to Get Home; FELLOW PASSENGER TELLS HOW STAFF TOOK DAD OFF FLIGHT BEFORE HIS DEATH

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty

TRAGIC dad Andrew Westlake died in a Turkish airport terminal after being ordered off his flight, it has been revealed.

One of the last people to speak to the 30-year-old before his death has told The Chronicle of his sadness.

Perry Sheldon, who chatted with Andrew in the queue at Dalaman Airport as they both waited to board a plane to Newcastle, said Andrew had been worried he would not be allowed to travel home.

The 27-year-old has told how he watched airport staff escort Andrew, from Annfield Plain, County Durham, off the plane after he had taken his seat.

Tour operator Jet2 has now confirmed that Andrew died in the terminal building soon after. And Perry, from Dudley, near Cramlington, has now told of Andrew's final moments. He said: "He said all he wanted to do was get home. He seemed a bit nervous but he wasn't in any way aggressive, he didn't seem like a threat to anyone.

"He seemed like a lovely lad."

Perry had been on holiday with his fiancee and her family. He met Andrew when they were both queuing to get through new enhanced search systems at Dalaman.

Perry says Andrew, who had been on a family holiday with his girlfriend and baby daughter, explained he had been trying to get home for several days.

"He was literally stood next to me the whole time before we boarded the plane," said Perry. "He was saying he had been arrested for putting suncream on blisters on his feet. He had been trying to explain that to the authorities at the airport. He just seemed very worried that he wasn't going to get home."

Andrew was allowed to board the plane and take his seat. But Perry says he later saw staff escort him off.

"They allowed him on the plane, they sat him in his seat, but then about 10 minutes later the staff came on the plane and mentioned something to the cabin crew and then they took him off," said Perry.

"I don't really understand what was going on, but at no point did he seem aggressive.

"They asked him to leave and he just walked off. Nothing happened on the plane. …

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