Toddler Gets Jammed in Airport Conveyor Belt

A two-year-old girl who wandered off in an airport suffered cuts and bruises after she was whisked into a baggage conveyor belt system.

The toddler walked through an empty check-in desk at Manchester Airport and hopped on to the luggage machine.

She was then swept down the four-mile long tunnel of the conveyor system and trapped before being rescued by an engineer.

A source said her clothes had been torn but she only needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruises. It was not known if she had passed through an X-ray machine but she was discovered in the first of three tiers of the baggage system.

The girl went missing at about 6:45 p.m. last Thursday, as her parents joined the line for a flight to Islamabad in Terminal 2.

She wandered off as they checked in their own luggage.

The couple raised the alarm when they could not find her.

Shortly after the alert, an engineer found the child as he investigated a stoppage in the conveyor system.

Paramedics took her to Wythenshawe Hospital and she was kept in overnight as a precaution.

"(We) are working with the ground handling agent and the Health and Safety Executive to understand exactly how it occurred and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure this cannot happen again," said an airport spokesperson.