Man who fell from plane in London likely Angolan
A man who was found dead on a London street after apparently falling from a plane is believed to be Angolan, says British police
LONDON - A man who was found dead on a London street after apparently falling from a plane is believed to be Angolan, British police said on Wednesday.
The body of the suspected stowaway, who officers believe was aged between 20 and 30, was discovered on Portman Avenue in the suburb of Mortlake, west London on Sunday.
London's Metropolitan Police said they were trying to identify the man so that his family could be informed. "It is possible he was from Angola as he was found with Angolan currency in his possession," the force said in a statement, adding that it was awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination held on Tuesday.
Police believe the man fell from the undercarriage of an incoming flight to London's Heathrow airport. The road where his body was found is around 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of the airport and directly under the main flightpath for incoming aircraft.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said it was "one line of inquiry" that the man was a stowaway. "The death is currently being treated as unexplained," the force said. "The man was not a member of air crew or a passenger," it added.
The discovery comes after another suspected stowaway was found dead in the landing gear bay of a British Airways flight that landed at Heathrow from Cape Town on August 23.