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Stowaway falls to his death from British Airways plane onto roof of London shop

A stowaway fell to his death from the bottom of a plane as it flew over London after making the 8,000 mile journey from South Africa.

The man fell from the plane on the roof of an office in a busy high street in Richmond, south west London, close to Heathrow airport.

The victim fell on to the roof of gift retailer’sices in Richmond, south west London, which is below the flight path, yesterday morning.

According to reports in the Sun, police found the victim, who was aged between 25 and 30, on top of an electrical box lying on his back with his legs in the air.

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But a second man survived the 11-hour flight from Johannesburg in South Africa, clinging to the undercarriage of a British Airways 747 jet.

Police said he was taken to a west London hospital for treatment where he remains in a serious condition.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.35am on Thursday 18 June to Kew Road, Richmond, to reports of a body discovered.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of a dead man on the roof of a business premises. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

“A post-mortem examination will be held in due course and inquiries are ongoing to establish the male’s identity. No arrests have been made.

“In regards to the male who survived, police were alerted at 8.28am on 18 June to reports of a suspected stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.

“The man, aged believed to be between 25 to 30, has been taken to a west London hospital and currently remains in a serious condition.

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the man’s identity.”

A British Airways spokeswoman said: “We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.”


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