Man falls multiple floors and lands in the baggage claim level to his death at San Francisco airport

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A man has died after he fell from the mezzanine level down to the baggage claim level at San Francisco International Airport this morning, airport officials said. (KGO-TV)

A man has died after he fell from the mezzanine level to the baggage claim level at Terminal 3 of the San Francisco International Airport Monday morning, airport officials said.

Investigators with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, as well as the coroner's office, were looking into what may have contributed to the death.

Officials say the incident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Monday in front of hundreds of passengers who had just arrived at the airport and were collecting their bags.

Witnesses tell ABC7 airport paramedics were on scene within minutes, but were unsuccessful in reviving the man. An airport spokesperson said the victim appeared to be in his late 50s or early 60s, but declined to provide additional information.

Vehicular traffic going in and out of the airport was impacted for nearly two hours following the incident, as both the sheriff's office and coroner's office sent representatives to conduct a thorough investigation. Arriving passengers were re-routed to other escalators in the terminal as crews cordoned off the impacted area. The scene was cleared by noon and operations were back to normal.

As of Monday afternoon, it's unclear if the man suffered a medical emergency prior to going over the railing, or if the fall was intentional. Witnesses reported hearing a loud commotion prior to seeing the man fall onto the ground.

Airport officials would not confirm if the man was a ticketed passenger, and/or if he was picking someone up at the airport.

The coroner's office says it will release the victim's identity once next of kin has been notified.

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