Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Kenya Airways stowaway falls from jet over Clapham, London

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The body of a stowaway on a Kenya Airways flight on approach to London Heathrow on Sunday, fell to the ground, narrowly missing the homeowner who was sunbathing in the garden.

An investigation is already underwear into both the mans identity and how he managed to climb into the wheel bay of the London bound jet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has confirmed a team has been assembled to find out how the man got onboard the plane. Especially as the airport is already on a state of heightened security due to largely increased terrorist activity in the region.  There has been some speculation in the local media that the man may have actually been employed at the airport as a baggage handler or ramp agent, however, this has yet to be confirmed. 

A spokesperson for Kenya Airways said: "The 6,840km (4,250-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."

The man's body was said to be frozen and created a mini crater in the path in the back garden (pictured above) of the house in Offerton Road, Clapham just before 15:40 on Sunday. An anonymous neighbour said a plane spotter, who had been following the flight on a tracking app from Clapham Common, had seen the body fall from the aircraft. According to the neighbour, the plane spotter arrived at the scene almost at the same time as the police and informed them the body had fallen from Kenya Airways jet.

A bag, some food and some water was found in one of the wheel bays of the jet after it landed at London Heathrow Airport on Sunday afternoon.

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