Post-mortem to be held on Tuesday on body found on London rooftop
A post-mortem examination will be held on Tuesday into the cause of death of a man believed to have plunged on to a London roof top from a British Airways plane flying from Johannesburg to the British capital.
The man is believed to have been one of two stowaways on the plane. A second suspected stowaway survived the 12-hour flight but is in a critical condition in a London hospital where he is under police guard.
The dead man’s body was discovered on the roof of a business in Richmond in south-west London on Thursday night.
UK metropolitan police said in response to a query from RDM News Wire on Sunday that they were still trying to establish the identity of the victim and that no further information was available at this stage.
They said earlier that there was no evidence to link the death to the discovery of a stowaway found alive in the undercarriage of the plane at Heathrow Airport but that this was “one line of enquiry into identifying the deceased and the circumstances of his death”.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained‚” they said in a statement‚ adding that a post-mortem examination was scheduled to be held this coming Tuesday.
“The body is so far unidentified and enquiries are ongoing into this and how long it had been at the scene. No next of kin have yet been informed‚” UK police added.
They said that earlier on Thursday‚ police at Heathrow Airport had responded to a report about a suspected stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.
“The man‚ believed aged 24‚ was found in the undercarriage of the plane and was taken to hospital. His condition is now described as critical.
“Whilst police officers at Heathrow believe they know his identity they await its confirmation before releasing any details of his nationality‚” UK police said.
Meanwhile Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) has reportedly tightened security at the country’s international airports.
Eyewitness News (EWN) quoted Acsa as saying that the claims were severe and that it was reviewing security at the country’s airports to identify any weaknesses.
“Airports South Africa is working with the police‚ British Airways and the authorities in London‚ we will fully investigate the matter‚” EWN quoted Acsa’s Collin Naidoo as saying.