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Plane Stowaway’s body found on roof

The body of a man believed to have clung to a plane  that has flown from South Africa has been found on a rooftop in Richmond, London.

Another man who is in critical condition is recovering in hospital.

The victim was found on the roof of notonthehighstreet.com’s headquarters on Kew Road,  on Thursday.

The MET Police said his death was being treated as unexplained, and they could not confirm if the two cases are linked or not.

In a statement, the police said:  “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 surviving man, who is believed to be aged 24, was found in the undercarriage of the plane at about 08:20 BST and taken to a London hospital.

Officers are still waiting for confirmation of his identity.

The 8,000 miles (12,875km) journey from South Africa to the UK usually takes about 11 hours and the man would have had to endure temperature as low as minus 60c.

There have been other cases of people trying to hide in the undercarriage of planes and fell to their deaths.

In a statement, British Airways said: “We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.”

By Fiona Carty

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