A Body Falls from the Sky in London
A body fell from the sky in London on June 18, and landed on the top of an electric box on the roof of an office building. Police found the man dead, lying on his back with his legs in the air. It appears that he fell from the undercarriage of a jet plane after an 8,000 mile flight from South Africa.
According to the Irish Daily Mirror,
The man, believed to be in his late 20s, 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 the offices of gift retailer notonthehighstreet.com in Richmond, south west London, which is below the flight path, yesterday at 9.30am.
The man has not yet been identified, but is believed to be in his 20’s.
Two, not just one
But there were two stowaways on the British Airways 747 that flew 11 hours from Johannesburg, South Africa to London’s Heathrow Airport. The other man, 24, was located under the plane at around 0830 am when it landed- he survived, but is now listed in critical condition. Police have not released his name.
British Airways is working with London Metropolitan Police to “establish the facts in this very rare case.”
How ‘rare’ is this?
Both men were likely hanging on to the undercarriage of the plane for the 8,000 mile journey. The problems with doing that are a lack of oxygen and the frigid temperatures at around 30,000+ feet- the standard cruising altitude for jets.
But it’s not the first time people have attempted to fly in this manner. Two previous incidents, one on a flight from Angola, one on a flight from Istanbul, caused the deaths of two men. One landed in on the pavement at Mortlake in London, and the other was found dead when the plane landed at Heathrow. There are other incidents, including a boy who survived a 6 hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane.
It’s not the best method of flying, but people seem to try it from time to time.