The body was traced back to the chassis of Kenya Airways flight KQ 100, which departed from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, the Kenya Airports Authority said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it is investigating the incident.
The London Metropolitan Police said Monday that the victim apparently fell out of the landing gear compartment as the plane approached London’s Heathrow Airport.
A neighbor described how the British Press Association (PA) heard a “growl” as the body fell to the ground.
“He had all his clothes on and everything. I took a closer look and saw that there was blood all over the walls of the garden,” the neighbor told PA.
Police were called to an address on Offerton Road in southern London’s Clapham at 3:39 pm (10:39 ET) on Sunday, “after a body was discovered in a garden,” the police statement said.
The officers are working to establish his identity and “an autopsy will be done in due course,” it said.
After landing at Heathrow, a bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear compartment, the police said.
The Clapham resident said the man landed three feet away from a man trying to sunbathe in his garden.
“So I went outside and the neighbor just came out and was very shaken,” the neighbor, who did not want to be named, told PA.
He suggested that the victim was already dead when he fell, adding that the stowaway “was so intact … because his body was a block of ice”.
While the death is not treated as a suspect, the police investigation continues.
In 2015, a stowaway on a British Airways plane from Johannesburg fell on a roof while approaching Heathrow. A second man who was hiding in the underbody of the plane was hospitalized injured.