Published on Monday, July 1, 2019

Plane stowaway: body landed next to man sunbathing in London garden

The body of a stowaway has been found in a garden in south London after falling from a flight bound for Heathrow.

Police say the man's body landed in a garden, one metre away from a man sunbathing, in Offerton Road, Clapham, on Sunday afternoon.

Authorities are trying to identify the stowaway but say he fell from a Kenya Airways aircraft at the end of a nine-hour flight from Nairobi.

A bag, water and food were found in the compartment containing the aircraft's landing gear.

The airline issued a statement saying: "It is unfortunate that a person has lost his life by stowing aboard one of our aircraft and we express our condolences.

"The incident has been treated as a sudden death and is now a police matter."

Police reportedly used a flight tracker to determine the man had fallen from the Kenya Airways flight.

The Met Police said: "Police believe the man was a stowaway and had fallen from the landing gear of an inbound Kenya Airways flight to Heathrow Airport.

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



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