The body was traced back to the landing gear 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 appeared to have fallen from the landing gear compartment as the plane approached London’s Heathrow Airport.
A neighbor described hearing a “whip” when the body hit the ground, the British Press Association (PA) reported.
“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 the south London borough of Clapham at 3:39 pm (10:39 am) on Sunday “after a body was discovered in a garden,” the police said in a statement.
Officials are working to establish his identity and “an autopsy will be done in due course,” she continued.
A bag, water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment when the place landed at Heathrow, police said.
The Clapham resident said the man landed three feet from a man who wanted to sunbathe in his garden.
“So I went outside and at that moment the neighbor came out and he was very shaken,” the neighbor, who asked not 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 aircraft from Johannesburg fell on a roof as the jet was approaching Heathrow. A second man, hiding in the landing gear of the plane, was hospitalized with injuries.