30-Year-Old Mother saves son before falling to her death in to collapsing escalator in China

A mother was killed when she fell into an escalator at a shopping mall in China, after she heroically threw her toddler to safety.

Xiang Liujuan, 30, was travelling up the escalator at Anliang department store in Jingzhou, in the central province of Hubei, with her two-year-old son.

When the pair reached the top, however, a floor-plate gave way and the woman fell through the floor, as captured by CCTV.

Seconds before falling to her death, the mother was able to thrust her toddler towards mall staff, who dragged the child to safety.

Danger: Mother Xiang Liujuan, 30, was killed when she fell into an escalator at the Anliang department store in Jingzhou. Maintenance workers are being blamed for failing to screw a floor plate back into place (file photo, not the department store)

Shocking: The mother and her two-year-old son rode up the escalator together, but when they step off the escalator at the top, the floor gives way beneath them 

Two staff members at the top of the escalator tried to help the woman, as half of her body dangled into the shaft above the machinery, but were unable to.

The woman was shopping with her husband on Sunday when the accident happened, reported the Wuhan Evening News, although he was not with them on the escalator.

Maintenance had just been carried out on the escalator, and initial reports claim workers forgot to screw the access cover back into place.

Rescue crews reportedly took four hours to remove the woman’s body from the escalator, which showed ‘no signs of life’.

Desperate to help: Staff at the department store in Jingzhou struggled to help the woman, after she thrust her child to safety as her body dangled over the escalator machinery

Aftermath: But the department store workers were unable to help the woman. Her body was recovered by rescue workers

Aftermath: But the department store workers were unable to help the woman. Her body was recovered by rescue workers

The accident was one of the top topics on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Monday with more than 6.6 million views.

Most comments expressed fury at the shop management.

‘Why didn’t the staffers stop customers at the entrance to the machine or just turn it off?’ wrote one. ‘The department store is definitely responsible.’

Others were moved by the woman’s final actions.

‘I was appalled when I saw her sink and at the same time felt the greatness of maternal love – the mother wasted no time pushing the child out when it happened,’ said one.

China is prone to safety accidents as regulations and standards are often flouted and enforcement is lax, sometimes due to corruption.

In 2012, a nine-year-old boy was killed after he got stuck in an escalator at a Beijing department store as horrified shoppers looked on.

In July 2011, a 13-year-old boy was killed and more than 20 others injured when an escalator in a Beijing underground station suddenly reversed direction during the rush hour.

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Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador race through the tunnels at Manchester Airport

This incredible video captures two of the world’s most high-powered supercars racing each other through the tunnels at Manchester Airport.

Filmed by a passenger in the vehicle behind, the footage shows a white Lamborghini Aventador taking on a black Bugatti Veyron on an empty stretch of theA538 Wilmslow Road.

The 30-second clip shows the cars battling for position in the exact spot where footballer Cristiano Ronaldo wrote off his Ferrari in 2009 after crashing it into a roadside barrier in the tunnel.

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Supercars: The Bugatti Veyron, right, and Lamborghini Aventador outside the tunnel near Manchester Airport

Supercars: The Bugatti Veyron, right, and Lamborghini Aventador outside the tunnel near Manchester Airport

Race: The £1.2million Bugatti is filmed speeding past the camera in the deserted right-hand lane

Race: The £1.2million Bugatti is filmed speeding past the camera in the deserted right-hand lane

Challenge: With a roar of the engine, the Lamborghini, which costs £260,000 comes up from behind

Challenge: With a roar of the engine, the Lamborghini, which costs £260,000 comes up from behind

The £1.2million Bugatti – which can reach top speeds of more than 250mph – is seen coming up on the right-hand lane before zooming ahead and crossing in front.

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Approach: The Laborghini catches up with the Bugatti - which can reach speeds of more than 253 mph

Approach: The Laborghini catches up with the Bugatti – which can reach speeds of more than 253 mph

Dead heat: The two supercars pull in front of the camera car - which was travelling at 50mph

Dead heat: The two supercars pull in front of the camera car – which was travelling at 50mph

Taking the lead: In a swift movement, the Lamborghini zooms ahead of the Bugatti and drives out of the tunnel

Taking the lead: In a swift movement, the Lamborghini zooms ahead of the Bugatti and drives out of the tunnel

The men rolled their windows down to hear the roar of the cars as they sped off in front of them, capturing the deafening sound of the engine on camera.

He added: ‘We were doing 50mph so you can only imagine how fast they were going’.

In 2009, Ronaldo, then a Manchester United player, made headlines when he crashed his Ferrari on the A538 Wilmslow Road.

In 2009, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines when he crashed his Ferrari on the A538 Wilmslow Road

In 2009, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines when he crashed his Ferrari on the A538 Wilmslow Road

 

 

A stowaway falls to his death while clinging to the undercarriage of a jet

The man was found on the roof of the Not On The High Street offices in Richmond, South-West London yesterday morning

A stowaway fell to his death while clinging to the undercarriage of a jet as it flew over London.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, plunged from the undercarriage of the British Airways 747 on to the HQ of the clothes business notonthehighstreet.com in Richmond.

According to the Sun, he is believed to have clung on to the aircraft’s wheels as the plane came in to land at Heathrow Airport after travelling 8,000 miles from Johannesburg in South Africa.

Police found the man, who is believed to be aged between 25 and 30, lying on his back on top of an electrical box on the building’s roof at about 9.30am on Thursday.

A second stowaway, also aged between 25 and 30 years, is now fighting for his life at a west London Hospital following the 11 hour flight.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident and enquiries are on going to establish the man’s identity.

A spokesman from notonthehighstreet.com, said: Police were called at approximately 09:35hrs on Thursday 18 June to 63 Kew Road, Richmond, to reports of a body discovered.

‘Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of male on the roof of the premises.

‘The death is currently being treated as unexplained but early indications are that the body may be that of an airline stowaway. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

‘Enquiries are ongoing to establish the male’s identity.

notonthehighstreet.com can confirm that the incident is unrelated to the business or its team members and are co-operating with the ongoing Police enquiry.’

How did the man’s companion survive the flight?

An aviation expert says it is ‘absolutely remarkable’ anyone could survive 11 hours in an aeroplane’s hold.

Former pilot, John Hutchinson, who is a member of the British Association of Aviation Experts (BAAE), said: ‘It would be a horrendous environment to be in.

‘There would be no heat and the air temperature could fall as low as -50 degrees.

‘It is absolutely remarkable that someone could survive. They must have been extremely physically fit.’

He said it is not just the temperature that would have made the hold horrific.

He said: ‘The process of the wheels coming down from the undercarriage would be terrifying.

‘These are massive chunks of metal and hydraulic machinery. It would be horrendous.

‘It is incredible to think how desperate these people must have been to do something like that.’

It is not clear whether the undercarriage of the plane was pressurised or part pressurised.

However Mr Hutchinson explained that people will generally become ill within minutes of a cabin losing pressure.

He said: ‘At 35,000 feet you would have maybe five minutes before you would begin to feel ill.

‘Your brain would cease to function properly due to lack of oxygen and you would quickly lose consciousness’

Mr Hutchinson said people tend to become ill at around 16,000 feet but said it all depends on a person’s fitness.

He said: ‘People travel to places like Machu Picchu which is about 8,000 feet above sea level.

‘However at about 16,000 feet you will suffer altitude sickness and at 20,000 feet you will eventually die from lack of oxygen.’

British Airways described the incident as a ‘very rare case’.

A spokesman said: ‘We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.’

Reverend Neil Summers, from the St John the Divine of Richmond church opposite where the body was found, said he was ‘shocked’ and would lead prayers for the dead man.

He said: ‘It’s shocking, you do not expect these things to happen on your patch really.

‘In one sense it’s not totally surprising as it’s happened before.

‘It’s very shocking when it’s so close to you.’We are going to say prayers for the people concerned tonight.’

Has this happened before?

In September 2012 a man plunged to his death over a surburban street in Mortlake while hiding in landing gear.

The man, who was in his thirties, was trying to sneak in to the country on a plane from south Africa.

In July 2013 a stowaway from Istanbul reportedly froze to death after hiding in the undercarriage of a passenger jet which landed at Heathrow.