Police think stowaway was Angolan

2012-09-12 21:00

London - A man who was found dead on a London street after apparently falling from a plane is believed to be Angolan, British police said on Wednesday.

The body of the suspected stowaway, who officers believe was aged between 20 and 30, was discovered in the suburb of Mortlake, west London on Sunday.

London's Metropolitan Police said they were trying to identify the man so that his family could be informed.

"It is possible he was from Angola as he was found with Angolan currency in his possession," a spokesperson said, adding that the force was awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

Police believe the man fell from the undercarriage of an incoming flight to the Heathrow airport.

The road where his body was found is around 15km east of the airport and directly under the main flight path for incoming aircraft.

The discovery comes after another suspected stowaway was found dead in the landing gear bay of a British Airways flight that landed at Heathrow from Cape Town on 23 August.

  • emilemyburgh - 2012-09-12 22:19

    I think the airlines should launch an information campaign to teach people that it is not possible to survive flying in the undercarriage of airplanes.

      khumza - 2012-09-13 09:49

      true emile, but these are just 2 that didnt make it, I just wonder if they are the only 2 who ever tried

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-13 11:35

    Well technically its possible, especially when the plane is either a 747-400 or Airbus 330 or 380... There is enough room inside for a person to survive, but where the danger comes is when that undercarriage opens up, its all a matter of holding on... The air sucks out very fast, therefore they would have fallen if they did not hold on really damn tight...

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