A stowaway fell on the roof of a London office building after plunging to his death from a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Another stowaway somehow managed to survive the 8,000-mile flight from Johannesburg and has been taken to hospital, where doctors are now fighting for his life.
Authorities believe that the two men sneaked onto the jumbo jet before it flew from South Africa on Wednesday evening.
1. A man’s body was discovered on top of the offices of NotOnTheHighStreet.com (pictured) in south-west London. Police are investigating whether he was a stowaway on board a plane.
The unidentified man who died is believed to have hidden in the jet’s wheel recess during the 11-hour-five-minute flight to London.
Authorities believe that he fell out of the plane when the undercarriage came down on the jet’s approach to Heathrow Airport. It is unknown whether he was still alive at the time he fell.
The survivor — believed to be 24 — was rushed to the hospital when the jet landed. He is reported to be in a “critical” condition.
2. Police forensics officers on the building’s roof yesterday as they investigate the man’s death.
3. It is believed that the man fell from the undercarriage of the British Airways jumbo jet as it approached the airport.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said:
We were called at 9.35am 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.
A post mortem examination will be held in due course and inquiries are ongoing to establish the male’s identity. No arrests have been made.
In regards to the male who survived, police were alerted at 8.28 am on 18 June to reports of a suspected stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.
The man, believed to be aged between 25 to 30, has been taken to a west London hospital and currently remains in a serious condition. Inquiries are ongoing to establish the man’s identity.
4. The man is feared to have fallen out of the plane when the wheels came down as it came in to land (photo: Wikimedia).
Aviation expert David Learmount believes that the man who survived may have got into the jet’s baggage or freight holds. He said:
I don’t see how anybody can survive 11 hours at 35,000 feet and at less than -50C. I don’t think we can assume these two men were at the same part of the plane.
If someone is to survive as a stowaway then they have to get into an area of the plane that is pressurized and heated.
Police say they are treating claims that the man was a stowaway on the flight from South Africa as “one line of inquiry”.
5. A stowaway was found dead on an office block roof after plunging from a British Airways jumbo (photo: Wikimedia).
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