MIYAZAKI (TR) – Nobuyuki Suzuki, the 60-year-old executive vice president of low-cost carrier Solaseed Air, has died after he jumped from his apartment building in Miyazaki City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 24).
On August 21, police received a tip from a resident of the building about a barefoot man who was “disoriented and straddling a railing on a walkway” multiple floors above the ground. Officers from the Miyazakikita Police Station arrived at the scene and attempted to coax the man down but he crossed over the railing and fell to his death.
Two days later, a representative of Solaseed Air contacted police, saying that Suzuki had been absent from work since Monday. Officers entered the executive’s residence and found a woman lying atop a mattress. She was later confirmed dead at the scene. The body, believed to be that of Suzuki’s wife, did not have any external wounds.
That same day, police used dental records to confirm that the body of the man who plunged to his death belonged to Suzuki.
Solaseed Air is a low-cost airline based at Miyazaki Airport. It primarily operates routes between Kyushu and Tokyo. In June, the company promoted Suzuki from managing director to executive vice president.
“We have received the news about the sudden death (of Suzuki) from the police, and are astonished,” a representative of the company is quoted by the Mainichi Shimbun (Aug. 24).
Police are treating Suzuki’s death as a suicide.