Neighbours have shared their horror after a body, believed to be that of a stowaway, fell from a plane heading into Heathrow Airport and landed in a London garden.
The individual is believed to have fallen from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi, police confirmed, and was found in the garden in Clapham just before 3:40pm on Sunday (UK time).
“Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service. The body of a person, believed to be a man (age unknown) was found,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course. Police are working to establish the man’s identity. A crime scene was put in place but has since been closed. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”
They also confirmed that a bag, water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment once the plane had landed at the airport, leading them to suspect the person was a stowaway.
Shockingly, a neighbour has since told the Press Association that the body landed just a metre away from someone who was sunbathing outside at the time, The Guardian reports.
The man, who chose not to be named, revealed he heard a loud noise outside, so looked out of an upstairs window and saw “blood all over the walls of the garden”.
“At first I though it was a [homeless person] asleep in the garden,” he explained.
“He had all of his clothes on and everything. I had a closer look and saw there was blood all over the walls of the garden… I realised immediately that he had fallen.
“So I went outside and it was just then the neighbour came out and he was very shaken. He had been sunbathing and he landed one metre away from him.”
Another neighbour said she heard a loud noise, but assumed it was scaffolding nearby.
“My heart goes out to them, they’re going to have to live with that for the rest of their lives,” she added, according to The Guardian.
A spokesman for the airline told the news outlet: “The 6,840km (4250-mile) flight takes eight hours and 50 minutes. It is unfortunate that a person has lost his life by stowing aboard one of our aircraft and we express our condolences.
“Kenya Airways is working closely with the relevant authorities in Nairobi and London as they fully investigate this case.”
It comes after a similar tragic incident in 2012, when Jose Matada fell to his death from a British Airways flight over London, inbound from Angola.