The body of a stowaway from Kenya crashed in the garden of a London home after falling from the underside of a Kenya Airways flight.

The man fell from the landing gear compartment of the plane shortly before the flight was due to land at Heathrow Airport. A bag, water and food were later found in the compartment by police.

Kenya Airways said: "It is unfortunate that a person has lost his life by stowing aboard one of our aircraft and we express our condolences."

The 6,840km flight from Nairobi to Heathrow "takes eight hours and 50 minutes," it added. The flight left Kenya at around 7.20am on Sunday and landed at Heathrow at 3.50pm.

The body landed in the garden around 10 minutes before the plane landed. Neighbours said the falling body narrowly missed landing on a sunbather in his 20s as it smashed to the ground.
where the body landed

His friend, who was inside the house, said: “He didn’t even realise what it was to begin with. He was asleep and then there was a huge impact.

“The body literally landed one metre away from him and was obliterated. My friend was very shaken. There were a few of us in the house at the time and it was lucky only one of us was in the garden.

“Nobody would have survived being hit. The impact was horrific.”