A body believed to be that of an aeroplane stowaway was found in a garden in London, the capital of the United Kingdom.
The body was discovered in a garden in Clapham, South London, 27 kilometres from the ever-busy Heathrow Airport on Sunday.
The stowaway was said to have hidden around the landing gear compartment area of a Kenya Airways plane, which took off from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, the country’s capital.
The sudden noise and blood splattering frightened the owner of the house, who immediately alerted the Metropolitan Police.
“So I went outside, and it was just then the neighbour came out and he was very shaken,” a neighbour of the owner told the BBC.
The neighbour said the owner of the house was sunbathing when the body of the stowaway suddenly dropped down in the garden.
Scotland Yard said a bag containing food and clothing was discovered in the rear left landing gear in the plane.
The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said a plane spotter, who had been following the flight on a plane tracking app from Clapham Common, had seen the body fall.
The plane spotter had arrived almost at the same time as the police and told them the body had fallen from a Kenyan Airways flight.
“If it had been two seconds later, he would have landed on the common where there were hundreds of people – my kids were in the garden 15 minutes before [he fell]”, the neighbour added.
“I spoke to Heathrow. They said this happens once every five years.”
The identity of the stowaway is yet to be determined.
The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out in due course and the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.