23 Sep 2015

NZ woman dies in fall in Turkey - reports

12:09 pm on 23 September 2015

A New Zealand woman has reportedly died in Turkey after falling from the terrace of a hotel during a party in Istanbul.

Grand Hotel de Londres, Istanbul

Grand Hotel de Londres, Istanbul Photo: Flickr user alex.ch / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 31-year old was killed when a section of grating, connecting the hotel with an adjacent building, gave way during a salsa dance party.

Keshia Handa is reported to have died at a hotel in Istanbul.

Keshia Handa Photo: FACEBOOK

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has formally named the woman as Keshia Handa.

A spokesperson for the Grand Hotel de Londres in Istanbul said they were deeply saddened by her death, which they said was a tragic accident.

An investigation is underway, and the New Zealand Embassy in Ankara is providing consular support to Ms Handa's family.