Body found in London garden of stowaway who fell from Kenya Airways jet

VIDEO: REUTERS
The man thought to have been a stowaway fell from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight.
The man thought to have been a stowaway fell from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS, DPA) - The body of a man thought to have been a stowaway who fell from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight on its way into Heathrow Airport has been found in a garden in London, police said on Monday (July 1).

London's Metropolitan Police said they were called to a home in Clapham in south London on Sunday (June 30) after the body was found. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out and the man has not yet been identified.

"At this point, police believe the man was a stowaway and had fallen from the landing gear of an inbound Kenya Airways flight to Heathrow Airport," police said in a statement.

"A bag, water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment once it landed at the airport."

The Press Association (PA) news agency cited a neighbour as saying that the body "landed one metre away from" a man sunbathing in his back garden.

"I heard a 'whomp' - I went upstairs to look out of a window," PA quoted the unnamed neighbour as saying. "He had all of his clothes on and everything. I had a closer look and saw there was blood all over the walls of the garden."

"His head was not in a good way. I realised immediately that he had fallen," the neighbour said, adding that a plane spotter saw the body fall.

Police said that the death is not being treated as suspicious and that enquiries were underway to establish the full circumstances.

In 2015, a body found on the roof of a south-west London business was believed to be that of a stowaway who fell from a British Airways flight from South Africa.

People flying in passenger planes outside the pressurised cabins are subjected to freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen at the high altitudes at which the aircraft fly.