A five-month-old boy is reported to have died at Alicante airport after becoming trapped in a luggage conveyor carousel.

The child’s American mother had taken a late flight from London to Alicante, airport sources said.

She placed the infant inside a baby carrier on a stationary belt for heavy baggage, which is reported to have been activated by the weight.

The baby was transported to where the bags emerge, becoming tangled and trapped in the rollers, reports said.

Medical workers tried to save the baby’s life but he was declared dead at the scene.

The mother’s Canadian husband was reportedly waiting for the family in the arrivals zone. It is believed they were planning a family holiday in nearby Denia, the BBC said.

Spanish police said they were investigating, looking at CCTV footage “but it seems that it was an accident”.