A 'frozen' stowaway who plunged 3,500ft from a passenger jet and landed in a south London garden was likely an employee at an airport in Kenya, an official says.
The Kenya Airways plane was flying from Nairobi to Heathrow when the man's body crashed into the garden of a Clapham home just 3ft from a sunbather.
The head of Kenya's Civil Aviation Authority said the stowaway likely had access to secure areas at the main airport in Nairobi and was likely a worker there.
He could have been a baggage handler, it was reported.
Kenyan media said British authorities have sent the dead man's fingerprints to the counterparts in Nairobi in an attempt to identify him.
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CCTV from the airport was being reviewed as part of the case which has raised concerns about security.
The stowaway – wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt – landed just 3ft from Oxford graduate John Baldock, a software engineer who was sunbathing in the garden of his rented home.
Neighbours described a sickening thud, or "whomp", as the body landed, leaving a crater in the lawn and smashing concrete path to bits.
A neighbour said the body was intact and frozen like an "ice block" after it landed.
They said Mr Baldock, who is in his 20s, was left so shaken at the bloody scene that he had trouble speaking afterwards and he later left the home to be with family in Exeter, Devon.
The stowaway was in the landing gear compartment, and it is believed he was already dead when his body plunged from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as its wheels were lowered.
The plane landed at Heathrow about ten minutes after the body fell at about 3.40pm on Sunday.
A bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear compartment of the plane after it completed the 4,250-mile flight.
A post-mortem is due to be held to determine the cause of death, which is not being treated as suspicious.
Gilbert Kibe, director of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, told BBC Africa that it was unlikely an outsider breached security, crossed the runway and climbed into the plane without being noticed.
He insisted there was tight security at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where the flight took off on Sunday morning for its nine-hour journey to London.
Mr Kibe added: "They do check every part of the aeroplane, including the undercarriage, the wheels, the breaks, the tyre condition, the wheel well that is above there. They inspect everything.
"So when those checks were being done, it is not likely that person was there, otherwise he would have been seen.
"So at which point the person gained access, that is the mystery."
He said the stowaway could have been a worker who had legal access to the airport.
A source told the Sun: “It looks highly likely he was an employee as security has been beefed up and no one without a pass could get near a plane.
"He could have been a baggage handler or one of a number of staff given airside clearance.
“It’s possible that he could have bribed someone to get inside the perimeter but this seems unlikely and the CCTV will hold the key.”
There have been a number of cases in the UK and around the world in recent years where stowaways have breached airport security.
Meanwhile, a witness who saw the body fall from the plane as it prepared to land at Heathrow has told how he raced to the scene and said to Mr Baldock: "It was a body, wasn't it?"
The man said he was sunbathing in his garden on the bright and warm Sunday afternoon when he saw the plane and spotted a falling object.
He told LBC: "My friend thought it was just debris but as it got closer and closer it was clear it was a body."
He said the body fell for about 20 seconds and appeared limp.
The man checked a flight-tracking app on his phone and worked out that it was Kenya Airways flight KQ100 from Nairobi to Heathrow.
He jumped on his bike to look for the scene and eventually followed a police car to the property where the body landed.
The man added: "I just shouted at [the sunbather] 'It was a body wasn’t it?' and he nodded."
The witness gave the flight details to police, and that's how officers were able to get authorities at Heathrow to check the plane.
He said it was a "miracle" no-one on the ground was killed.
A male neighbour said the tragedy could have been much worse.
The body would have landed in packed Clapham Common had it fallen just two seconds later, he said.
Kate Armstrong, 22, an au pair who lives near Mr Baldock, told the Times that she thought the falling stowaway was a drone.
She said: I was doing gardening and I saw something in the sky – it looked like a drone.
"I didn't think anything of it.
"I was in disbelief when I found out."
It is believed the man was dead as he fell from the plane.
He would have had to survive almost nine hours starved of oxygen and temperatures of around -60C at an altitude of 40,000ft.
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