British Man Texted Family He Was Safe After Brussels Airport Blasts, Went Missing After Metro Attack

March 24, 2016 Updated: March 25, 2016

A British native who had texted his family that he was alright following the blasts in the Brussels airport went missing after the subway bombing

On Friday morning Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed that David Dixon, 51, died in the bomb attack on the Brussels subway system.

According to The Independent, Dixon was getting ready for work when the bombs went off at the airport. Family members fear that he may have been caught in the blast that subsequently hit the city’s metro system.  

“He travelled into Brussels on the Metro every day and after we’d texted he must have gone straight out and got on the Metro that was attacked. It was only an hour later when that bomb went off,” said Ann Dixon, his aunt.

She said that he had no idea about what had happened at the airport when she first texted him. He replied that he was “fine and safe.”

Although the family was at first relieved, they went into panic again when he did not communicate after the subway bombing. The family said Dixon was on his commute to work but did not arrive at his office.

Dixon, a father of a 7-year-old boy, is an IT programmer originally from Hartlepool who was living in Belgium with Sutcliffe.