Hitchin’ a ride

Gravity 1, stowaway 0:

A suspected stowaway who is believed to have fallen from the landing gear of a flight into Heathrow Airport has been found dead in a London garden.

The body — believed to be that of a man — was found in Offerton Road, Clapham just before 15:40 BST on Sunday.

“Believed to be that of a man” strikes me as a 50-50 shot, give or take.

Police said it was thought the individual fell from a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi.

A neighbour said the body fell a metre away from a resident who had been sunbathing in the garden.

Still, I have to tip my hat, such as it is, to someone who tries to hang on for dear life for over 4200 miles.


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 July 2019 · 11:55 am

    Though “believed to be that of a man” does hint at the underlying horror of the trauma the body suffered, either from being stowed in an unheated, unpressurized landing gear compartment for thousands of miles, or after the fall.

    I hope the sunbather gets some good therapy after this. I know I’d need it for sure.

  2. CGHill »

    3 July 2019 · 1:26 pm

    One of the London papers reported that the sunworshipper was an Oxford grad, which prompted some Twitter snark.

  3. McGehee »

    3 July 2019 · 2:54 pm

    “Officials placed the remains in 70 Ziploc bags to thaw out in hopes of a more accurate identification.”

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