A man's body was found shattered in the affluent Mortlake residential area in London, 10 miles away from Heathrow Airport. The body fell from high altitudes, most likely from a plane landing at Heathrow.
Reports say it belongs to a man that was probably hiding in the engine room of a plane. He was most likely dead before he hit the ground.
It is believed the man was crushed by the retracting landing gear of the plane immediately after takeoff and remained in the aircraft undercarriage until the landing.
If the plane's takeoff maneuvers didn't kill him, the man would have had to endure extreme temperatures. Richard Taylor, of the Civil Aviation Authority, reported to the The DailyMail
that temperatures at altitudes that planes reach can get as low as minus 40C (minus 40F).
It is speculated that the body fell off the plane at the time of the landing.
“When the landing gear comes down at the other end, a few miles from the runway and about 2,000ft in the air, if there is a person who had died they would fall out, ” Mr. Taylor explains.
The body is presumed to be that of a North African man, in his mid-30s. It landed in the Mortlake area on Sunday morning, with a splash. There were no eye witnesses to the event, but the people of Mortlake say they heard “a loud bang” at the time.
“There was a big pool of blood coming from his head,” a resident explained to The DailyMail. Mother of two Catherine Lambert added that the police left the body on the street for “a good few hours.”
The identity of the man and the reasons for which he was forced to devise such a dangerous and seemingly desperate plan for traveling to Britain remain unknown at this time.
“The chances of survival for a stowaway are very slim, particularly in the recess of the landing gear,” Mr. Taylor, of the Civil Aviation Authority explained.