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Body found on roof in London “fell from plane”

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Another stowaway found in undercarriage of aircraft
The body of a man found on the roof of an office building in Richmond, southwest London, is believed to be that of a stowaway who fell from the undercarriage of a British Airways aircraft as it approached Heathrow from Johannesburg, South Africa.
On the same day, last Thursday, another man was also found barely alive in the undercarriage of a BA plane that had just landed at Heathrow from Johannesburg, a 12-hour, 9700km journey. He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
British police are investigating but they said: “At this time there is no evidence to link the death to the discovery of a stowaway in the undercarriage of a plane at Heathrow Airport. However this is one line of enquiry into identifying the deceased and the circumstances of his death.”
Police said the surviving man had been found about an hour earlier: “At around 08:30 on 18 June police at Heathrow Airport were called to reports of a suspected stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow. The man, believed aged 24, was found in the undercarriage of the plane and was taken to hospital. His condition is now described as critical.”
BA said in a statement that it was working with police and authorities in Johannesburg “to establish the facts surrounding this very rare situation.”
Bodies have previously been found in the street in the Richmond and Kew areas of London which lie below the point at which many jets open their landing gear doors to put the wheels down on the Heathrow approach.
Experts say the chances of a stowaway managing to avoid either being crushed by the wheels as they retract after take-off or being frozen to death during the flight are very small.
Reuters

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