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September 13, 2012

African Stowaway Plummets from Plane’s Landing Gear Over London

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By: BNO News
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The stowaway's body landed about 7 miles east of Heathrow's Runway 27L. (Map by NYCAviation/Google Maps)
The stowaway's body landed about 7 miles east of Heathrow's Runway 27L. (Map by NYCAviation/Google Maps)
An African man who was found dead in southwest London on Sunday had fallen from a passenger plane that was preparing to land at Heathrow Airport, British police said on Wednesday. The stowaway has not yet been identified but may have been from Angola.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which is better known as Scotland Yard, said police were called to Portman Avenue in the Mortlake district of London at approximately 7:55 am local time on Sunday after a body was found. The London Ambulance Service also attended and the victim was pronounced dead at 8:05 am local time.

Police said investigators believe the man fell from the landing gear of a flight which was preparing to land at Heathrow Airport, but few other details have been released. “The death is currently being treated as unexplained,” a police spokesperson said on Wednesday. “The man was not a member of air crew or a passenger.”

The landing site of the body was about 7 miles due east of the approach end of Heathrow’s Runway 27L, according to NYCAviation research.

An autopsy was carried out at Kingston Hospital Mortuary on Tuesday, but the results were not immediately known and investigators are still attempting to identify the victim. “It is possible he was from Angola as he was found with Angolan currency in his possession,” the spokesperson said, adding that he was approximately 20 to 30 years old.