The victim, believed to be a man, fell from the landing gear compartment when the aircraft came in to land at London Heathrow, and crashed into a garden in the Clapham neighborhood. It is still unknown if the person died during the flight or because of the fall.
According to a next door neighbor, the body fell violently three feet from a resident while he was sunbathing in his garden.
“I heard a ‘whomp,’” he said to the Press Association. “I went upstairs to look out of a window. At first I thought it was a [homeless person] asleep in the garden. He had all his clothes on and everything. I had a closer look and saw there was blood all over the walls of the garden….I realized immediately that he had fallen. So I went outside and it was just then the neighbour came out and he was very shaken. He had been sunbathing and he had landed one metre away from him.”
A plane spotter following the flight saw the body fall from the airplane. According to The Guardian, a bag, water, and food were later discovered in the landing gear compartment, confirming the stowaway theory.
The identity of the victim and their reason for hiding on a flight to London are still unknown.