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​E-fit image released of man who fell from aeroplane

News   •   Oct 17, 2019 15:40 BST

Detectives have released an e-fit image of a man whose body was found in south London after falling from the landing gear compartment of an aeroplane.

The e-fit of the man who fell from the aircraft has been released alongside images of a bag that was found in the landing gear compartment when the plane landed at Heathrow Airport.

The strap of the bag had the distinctive lettering ‘MCA’ written onto it, and the bag also contained a small amount of Kenyan currency. The e-fit shows a logo on a top that the man had been wearing.

Work continues to establish the man's identity. Officers believe the man to be Kenyan but are keeping an open mind.

Police were called at 15:39hrs on Sunday 30 June to a residential address in Offerton Road, Clapham, after a body was discovered in a garden.

Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service.

The body of a man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was found. A post-mortem examination held on 3 July gave cause of death as multiple injuries.

The man is believed to have fallen from the landing gear compartment as the aircraft approached Heathrow Airport.

The flight was a Kenyan Airways flight from Nairobi to Heathrow Airport.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and we continue to liaise with the Coroner.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central South Command Unit are investigating.

The body is held at a mortuary. Once the investigation is complete a file will be produced for the coroner and an inquest can take place

Detective Sergeant Paul Graves, of the South Central Command Unit, said: “We have pursued a number of lines of inquiry in what has been a very sad incident to investigate.

“This man has a family somewhere who need to know what has happened to their loved one.

“Our investigation has included liaison with the authorities in Kenya, from where the flight took off, but so far our efforts to identify this man have proved fruitless.

“I hope by releasing this e-fit someone known to the deceased will recognise him and make contact.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 ref CAD 5395/30 June.