Neighbour describes moment body fell from plane into garden

A body fell from a Kenya Airways flight into a London garden.
A body fell from a Kenya Airways flight into a London garden. Photo credit: Google Maps / Getty.

The body of a man who fell from a plane in London nearly hit a man standing in his garden, a neighbour has revealed.

On Monday (local time), the London Metropolitan police released a statement saying they were attempting to establish "the identity of a man believed to have fallen from the landing gear compartment of an aeroplane".

His body was discovered in a garden on Offerton Rd in the London suburb of Clapham, and a neighbour told the BBC of the moment they claim the body hit.

The neighbour said they heard a "whomp" and, upon looking into the neighbour's property, saw a body and blood on the garden's walls. 

"So I went outside, and it was just then the neighbour came out and he was very shaken."

The Daily Mail also cited a neighbour as saying the body had nearly hit a sunbathing man who had been in the garden. 

"He was really shaken up. He'd been in the garden when it happened and the body must have landed so close to where he was."

They said the body hitting the ground made "an almighty bang".

Police believe the man was a stowaway on a Kenya Airways plane flying into Heathrow Airport. A bag, water and food was found in the landing gear compartment. 

"Enquiries continue, led by the South Central Command Unit and the Met's Aviation Policing Command. Officers will be liaising with the airline and international authorities," the statement said. 

A Kenya Airways spokesperson said that the man had been on a Nairobi to London flight, which takes nearly nine hours.

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