Stowaway Dies, Another Survives Flight From South Africa to London

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LONDON — A stowaway was found dead after falling from a jet at the end of an 8,000-mile journey from South Africa to London — but another survived and was being treated in hospital, police said Friday.

The victim plunged from the British Airways plane and onto the roof of a clothing business in the Richmond area of southwest London, which is close to Heathrow Airport.

The plane had traveled more than 11 hours from Johannesburg and was preparing to land on Thursday morning.

The pair are the latest examples of stowaways who travel in the non-pressurized wheel well of passenger jets, many of whom do not survive the brutally cold temperatures and lack of oxygen.

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A British Airways spokesman told Britain's ITV News: “We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this very rare case.”

A spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said that officers had responded to reports of a "body discovered."

She added: "Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found the body of a dead man on the roof of a business premises. The death is currently being treated as unexplained. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course and inquiries are ongoing to establish the male's identity."

The survivor, who is believed to be aged in his late 20s was listed in serious condition at a hospital.

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