A stowaway fell out of the bottom of a jet as it was approaching Heathrow airport to land on Sunday, according to NBC. The incident took place after a nine hour flight from Nairobi and the body wound up landing in a garden.
Metropolitan police said that the body was found in a garden in South London on Sunday and that it was believed to have fallen from a plane. The body has not been identified, nor has an official cause of death been determined.
We are not coroners, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that if the authorities’ hypothesis is correct, the cause of death is likely going to be – wait for it – falling out of an airplane.
Kenya Airways said that the body was traced to its flight from Nairobi to London. Furthering the case for a stowaway was water and food both discovered in the plane’s landing gear compartment when it landed.
The airline said the death was “unfortunate” and that it was cooperating with authorities. Meanwhile, experts have said that about 75% of stowaways in a plane’s undercarriage do not survive because of the extreme cold and lack of oxygen as a plane reaches cruising altitude.
And this isn’t the first body to fall from the sky and land in London, either. According to NBC, in September 2012, a 30-year old from Mozambique died after falling from the undercarriage of a Heathrow-bound flight from Angola.
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