A suspected plane stowaway has been found on the roof of a west London building after plunging to his death from a British Airways flight from South Africa.
He and another man are believed to have clung on to the passenger plane as it flew more than 8,000 miles from Johannesburg in South Africa to Heathrow.
The second man, aged between 24 and 30, survived the journey miraculously and is in a serious condition in a west London hospital.
He was found alive by staff at Heathrow, but was unconscious in the undercarriage.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.35am on Thursday 18 June to Kew Road, Richmond, to reports of a body discovered. 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 postmortem examination will be held in due course and inquiries are ongoing to establish the male’s identity. No arrests have been made.
“In regards to the male who survived, police were alerted at 8.28am on 18 June to reports of a suspected stowaway on a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow.
“The man, aged believed to be between 25 to 30, has been taken to a west London hospital and currently remains in a serious condition. Inquiries are ongoing to establish the man’s identity.”