Plane stowaway’s body found on roof


Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A stowaway has plunged to his death from a plane and landed on a shop in a high street – while another is in hospital after surviving the fall.

The two men are believed to have clung on to a British Airways plane as it flew more than 8,000 miles (12,875KM) from Johannesburg in South Africa to Heathrow.

The victim fell on to a shop in Richmond, south west London, which is below the flight path, yesterday morning.

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 8.28am on 18 June to reports of a suspected stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.

“The man, aged believed to be 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.”

A British Airways spokeswoman said: “We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.”

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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