Man falls from aeroplane in London
The body of a Kenyyan man fell hundreds of metres from a plane flying over southwest London, United Kingdom, landing in the garden of a man’s home as he sunbathed, Al Jazeera reported.
Police said it was recovered from the Clapham garden after apparently falling from the landing gear casing of a Kenya Airways flight bound for London’s Heathrow airport on Sunday afternoon.
“Our neighbour was sunbathing in the garden at the time and the man landed a metre away,” local resident David Carmalt told the London Evening Standard newspaper.
“It’s a miracle no one else was killed,” he said. “Our sympathies are with our neighbour and the poor man … You wonder how desperate someone has to be to try to stow away on a plane.”
It is believed the man fell from the plane as it lowered its wheels on approach to the airport.
London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Monday it was trying to identify the man who is suspected to have boarded the plane in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
“A bag, water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment once [the plane] landed at the airport,” police said, adding that the death is not being treated as suspicious.
Kenya Airways said in a statement that the airline was working with authorities to investigate the case.
“It is unfortunate that a person has lost his life by stowing aboard one of our aircraft and we express our condolences,” the statement read.