A stowaway is reported to have fallen to his death after clinging to the bottom of a Boeing 747 as it flew over west London yesterday.
The man reportedly plunged from the British Airways aircraft on to the offices of a clothes business in Kew.
He is said to have held onto the aircraft’s wheel as it reached Heathrow after travelling almost 8,000 miles from South Africa, The Sun reported.
A second stowaway survived the incident, a Metropolitan Police spokesman told ITV News, and is being treated at a west London hospital.
The spokesman 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 BA spokesman said: “We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.”
This is a community-moderated forum.
All post are the individual views of the respective commenter and are not the expressed views of Travel Weekly.
By posting your comments you agree to accept our Terms & Conditions.