Stowaway's legs were 'sticking out of roof' - report

2015-06-19 20:20

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2015-06-19 16:00

It is estimated that the BA stowaway that fell to his death after clinging to a passenger plane from Joburg to the UK fell approximately 460m. How does that measure up SA landmarks?VIEW

Johannesburg - The body of one of the two suspected stowaways on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg was found stuck in a box on top of a building in Richmond, London, according to a report on Friday.

The Telegraph reported that a resident, who spoke to a police officer who was first on the scene, recounted how she came across two legs "sticking out of an electrical box or air conditioning unit" on top of the building.

The man fell onto the roof of the business NotOnTheHighStreet.com on Thursday morning.

The Telegraph reported on its website that it was understood that the second man, believed to be 24 years old, was found unconscious in the undercarriage of the plane at Heathrow Airport about an hour earlier. He was taken to a west London hospital where police reportedly said he was in a critical condition.

The Guardian quoted an unnamed Scotland Yard spokesperson on its website who said: "We were called at 09:35 on Thursday 18 June to Kew Road, Richmond, to reports of a body discovered.

"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of a dead man on the roof of a business premises. The death is currently being treated as unexplained."

British Airways in South Africa said earlier it was working with UK authorities to investigate how two suspected stowaways got on to a flight from Johannesburg to London.

"We are working with the London metro [Metropolitan Police] and authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare situation," said Stephen Forbes, speaking on behalf of BA in South Africa.

Airports Company SA described it is a tragic situation.

“As this is a very serious, Airports Company South Africa is working closely with the South African Police Services to fully investigate the matter and establish the facts relating to the incident,” said Acsa spokesperson Colin Naidoo.

“The authorities in London are investigating the matter and making efforts to establish the identity of the stowaways, and it is believed that one of the stowaways is a male aged between 25 and 30 years and is at a West London hospital in a serious condition.”  

The SAPS said it was not commenting on the matter, and referred News24 back to Acsa.

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