A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course, the force said, and the age of the individual has yet to be determined. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Inquiries are being conducted with the Met’s southern central command unit and its aviation policing command.
The Met said it would be liaising with the African airline and international authorities.
In 2012, Jose Matada, 26, from Mozambique, died after falling from the Heathrow-bound flight from Angola.
His body was found on the pavement of Portman Avenue, in south-west London and West London Coroner’s Court heard the stowaway may have been dead before he hit the ground either because he had been crushed by the retracting landing gear shortly after the plane took off, or because of the extreme cold at high altitude.
A woman who he had been in contact with via text messages said that Mr Matada “desired to travel to Europe for a better life”.
See other examples of bodies and other objects falling from planes, approaching airports, especially Heathrow (which has most long-haul flights, from countries from which people might want to travel as stowaways):
Cases of objects, including human stowaways, falling from planes
A stowaway plunged to his death from a British Airways plane onto an office block near Richmond. Another stowaway survived the trip and receiving hospital treatment. The plane was a 747 on an 11 hour flight from Johannesburg. The spot where the man fell was just a few hundred metres from Kew Gardens. Around three quarters of plane stowaways are killed by the cold or the landing gear during flights. Earlier this year a coroner’s court heard how a Turkish man froze to death in July 2013 when he climbed into the undercariage of a BA jet from Istanbul to Heathrow. In September 2012, a stowaway from Mozambique fell to the ground in a suburban street in Mortlake. A Pakistani stow away who fell from a plane, presumably as the undercarriage came down, over Richmond in July 2001. Data from 2012 indicated that since records began in 1947, 96 wheel well stowaways are thought to have attempted to board 85 flights. Of those 73 of those stowaways died and 23 survived. More information about objects falling from planes at
Kew ice block fall – 7th February 2018.
Amazing film of ice block falling very near someone…
Block of ice from a plane smashes onto a road in Kew, captured by a taxi firm camera. No more than 25 feet from a street cleaner and a pedestrian, and perhaps 18 seconds before a car goes past. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-43006699/block-of-ice-crashes-to-earth-near-kew-gardens