Man’s body falls from plane and lands in London

2019-07-02 11:29
Plane landing. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

Plane landing. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

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The body of a man, believed to be a stowaway, fell from a plane belonging to Kenya Airways on Sunday and landed in London in the UK.

It’s believed the unnamed man hid in a compartment beneath the plane before takeoff in Nairobi, Kenya, Metro UK reports.

Police and airline officials says he fell from the landing gear of the jet as it approached Heathrow airport after a nine-hour flight. He landed just metres away from a man sunbathing in his garden in south London.

“He [the sunbather] was so lucky not to be hit. It would’ve killed him. The impact obliterated the stowaway’s body,” a friend said.

The 20-year-old sunbather had been dozing off in the garden of the terraced house when the incident happened. The body landed with such force it left a crater in the lawn, Sun UK reports.

The friend, who was inside the house, said the sunbather initially didn’t realise what had happened when they heard the huge impact.

“The body literally landed one metre away from him and there was blood all over the walls. My friend was very shaken,” the friend added.

Officials are uncertain whether the stowaway was dead at the time he fell but he would’ve had to survive nine hours with little oxygen at temperatures of around -60°C.

“There have been rare cases where stowaways have survived but often they lose consciousness because of a lack of oxygen and hypothermia and then they fall when the wheels come down for landing,” a source said.

A bag, water and food, believed to have belonged to the man, were discovered in the landing gear compartment, Independent UK reports.

Police are investigating the matter and trying to identify the man.

Sources: Metro UK, Sun UK, Independent UK

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