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The body of a suspected stowaway that fell from a jet hit the ground just one metre from a man sunbathing in his back garden in south London, a neighbour has claimed
The body of a suspected stowaway that fell from a jet hit the ground just one metre from a man sunbathing in his back garden in south London, a neighbour has claimed

By Tess de la Mare

The body of a suspected stowaway that fell from a jet hit the ground just one metre from a man sunbathing in his back garden in south London, a neighbour has claimed.

Police were called to an address in Offerton Road in Clapham at 3.39pm on Sunday by shocked residents.

One neighbour described hearing a "whomp" as the body hit the ground.

Police believe the body to be that of a man and he is understood to have fallen from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight as it prepared to land at Heathrow Airport.

According to data from flightradar24.com, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was little more than 3,500 feet above the ground as it flew over the street.

The individual fell into the garden of a property that changed hands for £2.3m last year - only a metre from a tenant who had been enjoying the sunshine.

The neighbour said: "I heard a 'whomp' - I went upstairs to look out of a window. At first I thought it was a tramp asleep in the garden.

"He had all of his clothes on and everything. I had a closer look and saw there was blood all over the walls of the garden.

"His head was not in a good way. I realised 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 landed one metre away from him."

He continued: "The police were here very quickly."

The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said that 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 neighbour said: "The police had four cars. They were here for about five hours to start the clean-up operation."

He said the body was removed at about 8.30pm and that the clean-up team had returned on yesterday morning to continue the job. He added the neighbour that had been sunbathing had returned briefly yesterday evening before leaving again.

He said: "I spoke to Heathrow Airport this morning to ask if they were aware of this.

"If it had been two seconds later, he would have landed on the common where there were hundreds of people - my kids were in the garden 15 minutes before [he fell]."

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