‘Stowaway’ dies, believed to have clung to plane from Johannesburg to London


A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital and another has died, it’s believed after a horror 11-hour journey clinging to the undercarriage of a plane travelling from South Africa to the UK.
One of the suspected stowaways is believed to have fallen to his death, his body found yesterday (Thursday June 18) on the roof of a high street shop in Richmond, London. A second man was found unconscious after the flight had landed at Heathrow and is being treated for serious injuries in hospital.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “On Thursday June 18 police were called at around 09:35 to reports of a body discovered on the roof of a business premises on Kew Road, Richmond.
“The body is so far unidentified and enquiries are ongoing into this and how long it had been at the scene. No next of kin have yet been informed.
“At this time there is no evidence to link the death to the discovery of a stowaway in the undercarriage of a plane at Heathrow Airport; however this is one line of enquiry into identifying the deceased and the circumstances of his death.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.”
The spokesperson added that the man being treated in hospital was in a critical condition, and while they believed they knew his identity, no information would be released until it was confirmed.


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