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A stowaway fell from the undercarriage of a jet as it approached Heathrow Airport after a nine-hour flight from Nairobi, landing in a south London garden, according to police and airline officials.
The Metropolitan Police force confirmed on Monday that the body of an unidentified man was found in a residential garden in south London’s Clapham area on Sunday, and it’s believed he fell from a plane.
In this file photo taken on February 18, 2015 a British Airways 747 aircraft flies over roof tops as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport in west London. Picture: AFPHe has not yet been identified. Police said a post-mortem would be held to determine the cause of death.
Kenya Airways said police traced the body to its Nairobi-London flight.
A bag, water and food were discovered in the plane’s landing-gear compartment after it landed.
The airline called the death “unfortunate” and said it was co-operating with British and Kenyan authorities.
According to The Sun, the body fell within a metre of a man who was sunbaking in his garden.
A friend of the man who was sunbaking said he was “so lucky not to be hit and killed”.
“The impact obliterated the body,” he said of the incident.
Timeline of stowaway's death in London. Picture: The SunThe sunbather, in his 20s, was dozing in the garden of the terraced house as the body hit with such force it left a crater in the lawn and smashed a path.
“He didn’t even realise what it was to begin with,” the friend, who was inside the house, said of the incident. “He was asleep and then there was a huge impact.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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