|'Stowaway' Falls from British Airways Jet Onto Kew Road Office
Another man survives journey after travelling from South Africa
A man has died after falling from a British Airways jet descending into Heathrow. He reportedly landed on the offices of online retailer Notonthehighstreet.com on Kew Road Richmond this morning (19 June).
The police say that although there is no confirmation that the man fell from the plane this is a line of enquiry that they are pursuing.
Another man, aged 24, who was found in the undercarriage of the plane is in hospital in a critical condition after managing to complete the journey. It is believed that the pair entered the plane illegally at Johannesburg and travelled 8,000 miles outside the normal passenger areas of the aircraft. Police believe they know his identity but await formal confirmation.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, “On Thursday June 18 at about 8.30am, police received reports of suspect stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow. A man between aged between 25- 30, is currently in a west London hospital and enquires are ongoing. The man is in a serious but stable condition. At 9.35am, officers received a call to reports of a body discovered on top of a building in Kew, West London. The death is described as unexplained.
“A post mortem will be held in due course, and investigations are ongoing as to whether the deceased was a possible stowaway.”
A British Airways spokesperson said, "We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case."
June 19, 2015