Police have not as yet been able to identify a man who fell from the sky in London, most likely a stowaway who fell to his death after hiding in the well of an airplane wheel travelling from Angola to London’s Heathrow Airport.
According to the Christian Post, the man’s lifeless body was discovered Sunday evening on the south bank of the Thames River after area residents reported hearing a loud crashing noise and asked police officials to investigate its cause.
“It was scary, there was a body on the street, and nobody knew at first that he had fallen from a plane,” neighbour Stephanie Prudhomme said. “There were police everywhere.”
“There is great sadness,” said Catherine Lambert, who lives a few doors down from the spot where the man landed. “To think that the end of the line for him is a suburban street, miles away from his world.”
The event shattered the neighbourhood’s sense of being immune from the world’s troubles, she said, a feeling compounded by the inability of police to identify the man.
“I felt, what was he running away from? What made him think he could survive? And how will his family ever know? He’s a lost soul now; his father and mother are probably waiting for him to make contact,” said Lambert, 41.
The man, believed to be somewhere between 20 and 30 years of age and of African-American origin, is thought to have been hiding under the plane and was either dead when the landing gear was released and his body fell to earth or he was killed by the fall.
Local authorities have released two photos of the victim to the public in hopes that someone will come forward with more information that will help in identifying the man who fell from the sky.
A police spokesperson has said, “It is possible he was from Angola as he was found with Angolan currency in his possession and inquiries have established that a flight from Luanda, Angola was overhead prior to the body being found.”