An incident that occurred in a nine-hour KQ Flight 100 from Nairobi to London, has called to attention the management of Kenya Airways and the police to investigate into the matter after a body of a male hidden in the aircraft on Sunday fell off the plane moments before it landed at London’s Heathrow Airport
London’s Metropolitan Police informed KQ that body of a male stowaway had fallen off the plane’s landing gear moments before landing, in a statement released by the national carrier.
“On June 30th at approximately 1541hours (UK time), a body of a yet to be identified male stowaway landed in a garden in the Borough of Lambeth, South London, suggesting that the stowaway was hidden in the undercarriage of the aircraft. The owner called the police who tracked the flight radar to KQ Flight 100,” said the statement.
An inspection was quickly conducted and a bag with food and clothes was found at the rear left landing gear. Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) told the public that a joint investigation team had been constituted and is looking into the London incident.
“We wish to reiterate that safety and security is a priority at our airports and this incident is being treated with the seriousness it deserves,” KAA said.
The airline said it is working closely with authorities both in Nairobi and London who are investigating the matter in which the found body had no identification.
“The incident has been treated as sudden death and is now a police matter,” the statement further said, adding that police in London had contacted the Kenyan high commission to help in identifying the dead man.