Heathrow Airport incident: Tributes paid to British Airways engineer John Coles killed after two airport vehicles crash on tarmac

Tributes have been paid to a British Airways engineers who was killed after two vehicles crashed on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport. 

John Coles, 44, died after suffering a cardiac arrest when two airport vehicles collided on a taxiway near Terminal 5 on Wednesday morning.

Medics fought to save him but he was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Colleagues paid tribute to him as “kind, gentle and positive man” and said he had joined the airline almost three decades ago as an apprentice. 

The aftermath of the collision at Heathrow Airport on Monday morning (Jeremy Selwyn)

One colleague told the Daily Mail: “John was a great friend to us all. He was kind, generous and chatty. 

“He was a gentle, likeable, positive man with lots of ideas for his future.”

One of the vehicles involved in the crash is removed from the taxiway (Steve Parsons/PA)

Another wrote on social media: “Can’t say anything, except for I knew this guy. RIP my friend. Gone way too soon.”

Others simply wrote: “Rest in peace John.”

A British Airways spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened by this traffic incident and are offering our full care and support to his family and colleagues.

Man dies after Heathrow Airport vehicles crash

The driver of the other vehicle, who was treated at the scene, suffered a broken shoulder. His injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing.

Scotland Yard’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit has launched an investigation into the crash. No arrests have been made. 

Passengers were taken off one plane as it sat on its stand waiting to depart. About 20 flights were delayed by up to several hours but Heathrow’s two runways remained open.

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/heathrow-airport-incident-tributes-paid-to-british-airways-engineer-john-cole-killed-after-two-a3767296.html