British woman found hanging in Istanbul airport

Former BBC journalist Jacqueline Anne Sutton found hanging in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in possible suicide case

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

British woman commits suicide after missing flight at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

A British woman was found hanged in Istanbul Ataturk Airport’s toilet after missing flight to the Iraq’s Erbil city.

Reports indicated she has been identified as 50-year-old Jacqueline Anne Sutton.  

The British Foreign Office said that "we can confirm the death of a British national in Istanbul. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Sutton was found hanging off her shoe laces after she missed her connecting flight and was told she had to purchase a new ticket.

Her body has been taken to the morgue at the Forensic Medicine Institute for further examination.

Several media sources claim she did not have the funds to purchase her ticket. Her corpse was found by three Russian passengers.

Sutton, a former BBC journalist, was working in Australia and acting as a director in Iraq for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and had been traveling to Erbil, northern Iraq.

She traveled to Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Saturday night from London.

Sutton, who spoke five languages, had been studying at the Australian National University for a PhD at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.

Her research was on international development support to female media professionals in Iraq and Afghanistan in a 10 year time span, between 2003 and 2013 and she had been carrying out field work in Erbil, Iraq, since July, a media outlet reported.

Centre director Professor Amin Saika said: "She was not only an outstanding research scholar, but a highly valued friend and colleague who made remarkable contributions to the work and activities of the centre."

A country director with the UN Development Programme, Sudipto Mukerjee also commented on her death on his Twitter account.


TRTWorld and agencies