Police have been trying to establish the identity of a man found dead in the landing gear of a plane that landed at Gatwick Airport since December.
Yesterday, the services published an electronic photo of a man who was hiding in the chassis as a thief.
The body of an unidentified black man was found on a flight operated by TUI Airways.
|Photo: Sussex Police|
The flight of this British charter airline was flying from the capital of Gambia, Banjul, to London Gatwick airport.
Sussex Police said the body was found at Gatwick Airport at around 4am on December 7, 2022.
In a statement issued in 2022, the services said: “Police were called at 4am on December 7 after a man’s body was found in the landing gear of a flight flying from Gambia to Gatwick Airport.”
“Officers are investigating and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”
Now British police are still trying to identify the man.
According to the services, the man was 20 or 30 years old, but there are no indications if he is from Gambia or maybe he came from a neighboring country and arrived in England.
The Gambian Commissioner, Interpol and HM Coroner are working with Sussex Police to trace his next of kin.
Detective Inspector Darren Lillywhite of Sussex Police said: “This has been a tragic incident and we are working to establish the identity of the deceased who was found.”
“We have now released an e-fit image of a young man, probably in his 20s or 30s, which we have released to the Gambian authorities. This man has no relatives or loved ones who do not know what happened to him.”
“We hope to be able to identify him with the HM Coroner’s inquest, which can at least provide answers and close the case to those who know him,” he added.
This is not the first time stowaways have been found on a plane.
In 2015, Dutch authorities discovered a body in the landing gear of an African airliner at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
In 2019, a hijacker fell from a plane bound for Heathrow and landed next to a man relaxing in the sun in Clapham, South London.
According to British media, the body then fell from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi.
Sunday, June 04, 2023 08:57