Woman dies after falling 60ft from airport walkway while boarding plane on trip to surprise dad for Christmas

Judith’s partner, who dropped her off at the airport, was unaware of the tragic news until he was later informed by emergency services


                            Woman dies after falling 60ft from airport walkway while boarding plane on trip to surprise dad for Christmas

A mother-of-two died after she fell from a walkway at a Spanish airport just two days before Christmas when she was on her way to surprise her father in Ireland.

Judith Coughlan, from Arklow in Co Wicklow, Ireland, fell 60 feet to the ground and was killed on the spot at Alicante-Elche airport on December 23.

According to the Irish Independent, the 28-year-old moved to Spain around a year ago and was on her way home to spend Christmas with her father when the fatal accident occurred.

"Judith was on her way to surprise me with a visit home for Christmas. I had no idea she was coming," her father Brian told the publication.

Judith Coughlan and her baby (Facebook)
Judith Coughlan and her baby (Facebook)

"Instead, I got a call on Christmas Eve to say she had died. I can't believe this has happened. Her two little girls are just gorgeous and at least we will still have some of Judith through them."Judith’s partner, who dropped her off at the airport, was unaware of the tragic news until he was later informed by emergency services. Tributes poured in on social media for Judith, who has been described as the "positive and gorgeous" Irishwoman, with one writing; "So beautiful inside and out".

Another one wrote; "We should be celebrating your bday in a little over a week not saying goodbye. Rest in paradise Judy."

Authorities in Spain are said to have launched an investigation into the exact circumstances of Judith's death.  Her father said about the incident; "I'm told that authorities have looked at CCTV of the area where Judith had what looks like an awful accident. They say she wasn't pushed and she didn't jump, but that she fell over a low railing."

Judith's mother, Corey, was in Australia at the time of her daughter's death where she was due to get married to her current partner. Corey is well known in Arklow where she has worked with the local county council in roles including litter warden and recycling, reports the Irish Independent.