The body of a blind plane fell from the sky near London’s Heathrow Airport and landed in a garden allegedly next to a shocked sunbather.
- The man likely fell off the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight, police say
- A neighbor remembers a “whip” when the man landed in the London garden
- Kenya Airways describes the incident as “unfortunate” and says it will work closely with the relevant authorities
The man, who was not identified, likely fell off the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight en route to Heathrow Airport, according to the Metropolitan Police Service.
The confirmed officers were called to a house in Clapham, south London on Sunday after the man’s body was found.
“At the time, police believe the man was a stowaway and fell off the landing gear of an incoming Kenya Airways flight to Heathrow Airport,” a police statement said.
“A bag, water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment when it landed at the airport.”
Speaking to the BBC, a neighbor who did not want to be identified said the man had fallen three feet from another resident who wanted to sunbathe in the garden.
He remembered hearing a “whip” before he saw “blood all over the walls of the garden”.
“So I went outside and at that moment the neighbor came out and he was very shaken,” said the man.
In a statement, Kenya Airways described the incident as “unfortunate” and said it would work closely with authorities in Nairobi and London in investigating the case.
Stowaways have little chance of survival
It is not the first death of its kind on flights to Heathrow.
Previously, bodies were found on the streets in the London boroughs of Richmond and Kew below the point at which many jets open their landing gear doors to park their bikes when approaching Heathrow.
Many planes open their landing gear doors over the London boroughs of Richmond and Kew. (
Reuters: Eddie Keogh
In 2015, the body of a man was discovered on the roof of a building in southwest London after falling from the undercarriage of an airplane as it landed from South Africa.
Three years earlier, a Mozambique man fell from the landing gear of a flight from Angola to Heathrow onto a road under the flight path near Richmond.
An investigation found that he may have weathered freezing temperatures for most of the flight but was “dead or almost dead” by the time he hit the ground.
Experts said the chances of a stowaway avoiding being crushed by the wheels while retreating after take-off or being frozen to death in-flight are very slim.
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