An unidentified male stowaway fell off a Kenya Airways flight moments before it landed at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday.
The KQ Flight 100 was travelling from Nairobi to London after a nine-hour flight.
According to a statement released by KQ, London’s Metropolitan Police informed the airline that a body had fallen off the plane’s landing gear moments before landing.
Following the discovery of the body, which had no identification, the aircraft was inspected and a bag with food and clothes was discovered at the rear left landing gear.
The airline says it is working closely with authorities both in Nairobi and London who are investigating the matter.
“The incident has been treated as sudden death and is now a police matter. The police have already been in contact with the Kenya High Commission to help identify and name the person,” a statement from Kenya Airways read.
“The aircraft was inspected, and no damage was reported. It was cleared for operation,” the airline added.
At the same time, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said that a joint investigation team had been constituted and is investigating the London incident.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he heard a “whomp” so he looked out of an upstairs window and saw the body and “blood all over the walls of the garden”.
“So I went outside, and it was just then the neighbour came out and he was very shaken,” he said.
The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said a plane spotter, who had been following the flight on a plane tracking app from Clapham Common, had seen the body fall.
The plane spotter had arrived almost at the same time as the police and told them the body had fallen from a Kenyan Airways flight.
The Met Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out in due course and the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.
A bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear compartment on the aircraft when it landed.
A spokesman for the airline said: “The 6,840km (4250-mile) flight takes eight hours and 50 minutes. It is unfortunate that a person has lost his life by stowing aboard one of our aircraft and we express our condolences.
“Kenya Airways is working closely with the relevant authorities in Nairobi and London as they fully investigate this case.”
It is not the first death of this kind on the Heathrow flight path.