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British Airways Stowaways

http://news.sky.com/story/1504970/stowaway-plunges-to-death-from-ba-plane


"A stowaway has died after falling from a British Airways jet onto a shop in southwest London.

He and another man are believed to have clung on to the passenger plane as it flew more than 8,000 miles from Johannesburg in South Africa to Heathrow.

The second man, aged between 25 and 30, is in a serious condition in a west London hospital after miraculously surviving the ordeal.

He was discovered alive by staff at Heathrow.

The victim died as the Boeing 747 came into land over Richmond at around 9.30am on Thursday.

63 Kew Road
NotOnTheHighStreet.com in Kew Road, Richmond

He reportedly landed on the roof of NotOnTheHighStreet.com in Kew Road.

A spokesman for the retailer was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Sky News.

British Airways described it as a "very rare case" and said it is working with police in London and Johannesburg to establish the facts.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of a dead man on the roof of a business premises.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

"A post-mortem examination will be held in due course and inquiries are ongoing to establish the male's identity. No arrests have been made."

There have been previous cases of stowaways falling from planes in the Heathrow flight path area in southwest London.

In September 2012, Jose Matada died after falling from the undercarriage of a Heathrow-bound flight from Angola on to a road in Mortlake, about a mile from Richmond.

The 26-year-old from Mozambique is believed to have survived temperatures of up to minus 60C for most of the 12-hour flight, an inquest heard.

He was "dead or nearly dead" by the time he hit the ground.

In July 2013, a suspected stowaway from Turkey was found frozen to death in the undercarriage of a BA jet from Istanbul to Heathrow.

He died after facing temperatures of minus 60C during the four-hour flight."

The question is..........................................how?!?!

Comments

  • desperation .. the BIG question is why are sooooo many willing to risk death to get to Britain .. we are led to believe that the benefits system does not especially favour illegal (or indeed legal) immigrants, but on the other hand charities can take up that slack .. so WHY do they do it .. The answer must be that despite all the moans and groans from indigenous brits and many recent newcomers to the UK, this is still a fantastic nation in which to live, a paradise compared to many or most other nations .. Although of course recent defectors to ISIS have a totally different point of view.
  • Perhaps inside the undercarriage? When it pops down for landing, out he came?
  • Stay classy, KP.
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  • Chizz said:

    Stay classy, KP.

    We shouldn't expect anything else from him. Can't expect him to keep up a caring "front" one hundred percent of the time.
  • He's gone on to apologise saying he didn't know one of them had died..because they were really going to land safely weren't they
  • Was gonna say something like "They should let the one who survived stay in the UK on grounds of epicness" but it'd only encourage copycat cases and more deaths. Send him back business class.
  • He's gone on to apologise saying he didn't know one of them had died..because they were really going to land safely weren't they

    Piers Morgan will use this as an opportunity to force down our throats why he should be back in the England team. He'll tweet something like 'if Kevin was playing he wouldn't have time to be so insensitive, it's the England selectors fault for putting him in this position'
  • So the shop was called notonthehighstreet but it was on the high street?
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  • One way to avoid airline food.
    What?
  • Presumably the one who fell was already dead. Doesn't sound like it was the best conditions on the way over.

    The real mystery is who they were and how they got onto the plane. In the age we live in someone being able to stowaway in the undercarriage is pretty concerning. Just as well they were after a better life on benefits rather than something malicious to the passengers on board.
  • Leuth said:

    Was gonna say something like "They should let the one who survived stay in the UK on grounds of epicness" but it'd only encourage copycat cases and more deaths. Send him back business class.

    Probably experienced BA's appalling club world seats already which is why they opted for the undercarriage.
  • Huskaris said:

    Presumably the one who fell was already dead. Doesn't sound like it was the best conditions on the way over.

    The real mystery is who they were and how they got onto the plane. In the age we live in someone being able to stowaway in the undercarriage is pretty concerning. Just as well they were after a better life on benefits rather than something malicious to the passengers on board.

    Yes, that's right, having survived a 10 hour flight from Africa nearly freezing to death at 30,000 feet these blokes would have been headed straight to Hounslow DSS to claim Jobseekers Allowance.

    They probably would have walked out the same day with £5,000 each and given an eight bedroom house complete with Sky and Sony Play Station and three Haut Cuisine meals per day prepared by Albert Le Roux and then a bunk-up with Dame Vera Lynn - all at the taxpayers expense.

    String the buggers up I say.
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