WHAT!!! PHOTOS: Unidentified Man Falls From Sky

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at 11-12-2012 06:01AM (7 years ago)

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«§» 11 December 2012

Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don’t know his identity.



The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures.

Detectives believed at first the man was a murder victim and cordoned off the area. Within a day, however, police concluded the man – probably already dead – had fallen to the ground when a jet passing overhead lowered its landing gear as it neared the runway at nearby Heathrow Airport.

The apparent stowaway had no identification papers – just some currency from Angola, leading police to surmise that he was from that African nation, especially as inquiries showed that a plane from Angola was beginning its descent into Heathrow at about that time.

The macabre explanation made perfect sense to residents, who are familiar not only with the roar of the jets descending, but are also able to see the planes lower their landing gears as they pass overhead, said Catherine Lambert, who lives a few doors down from the spot where the man landed.

“You could see him, his body was contorted,” she said. “It was a beautiful blue day, really sunny, but we had to keep the children inside. I didn’t want the children to see, and to have to explain to them and put fear into them every time a plane goes over.”

A post mortem conducted two days after the body landed listed the cause of death as “multiple injuries.”

In the days afterward, some neighbors put flowers on the spot where the stowaway was found, and a small group of Angolans who live in the London area came to place more flowers and to pray. Lambert, 41, said there is lingering sadness, since the man has not been identified and there has been no way to tell his family he is gone.

“I felt, what was he running away from? What made him think he could he could? And how will his family ever know? He’s a lost soul now; his father and mother are probably waiting for him to make contact,” she said.

A London police spokesman, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record because of force policy, said Sunday that police are appealing to the public for help identifying the man based on a composite image of his face and a photo of a tattoo on his left arm. The tattoo showed the letters “Z” and “G” inked on his upper arm, with a horizontal line through the “Z”.

Police also said attempts to identify the man with the help of Angolan authorities had been unsuccessful. They stressed there is only “circumstantial” evidence linking the stowaway to that country.

In a statement, police said the man is believed to be an African of slight build between the ages of 20 and 30. He was wearing jeans, white sneakers and a gray sweatshirt when he was found on Sept. 9, police said.

Although firm figures are not available, in recent years there has been a rise in the number of stowaways trying to get to Western Europe by hiding in the undercarriages of passenger planes.


Astonishing: The body of the man, thought to be a stowaway in his 30s and from North Africa, was found on a
car parked in a residential road near London Heathrow Airport and later taken away by authorities



Probe: Forensics were on the scene in the affluent London suburb after the extraordinary incident


Distinctive: Police hope this tattoo may help identify the man who fell from the sky




winace at 11-12-2012 07:51AM (7 years ago)
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Hmmm see wetin traveling by all means can do. May he rest in peace .
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EmekaBlue at 11-12-2012 12:48PM (7 years ago)
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Dis 1 na ova waa...chai uwa wu paw paw mehn! When he already don reach o!
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chicco77 at 11-12-2012 12:58PM (7 years ago)
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so sad RIP
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mary11 at 11-12-2012 01:14PM (7 years ago)
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Dis handsome guy jst waste his life jst like dat.....do sad
Rip bro

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micc at 11-12-2012 01:26PM (7 years ago)
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Sorry the guy wanted to act James bone but unknown to him all those thing I watched on TV are film tricks na abi. Sorry guy rest in peace
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Keffejude at 11-12-2012 01:44PM (7 years ago)
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@least he flew like a bird b4 his death smtin all humans only get to dream about Tongue Grin
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ela214 at 11-12-2012 01:59PM (7 years ago)
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nawa oh.he did´nt even tink of the possibility that he migth be deported even when caugth from the airport,to me is a WORTHLESS RISK N VERY STUPID..rip
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ebescopy at 11-12-2012 02:05PM (7 years ago)
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He died in London
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lanudja at 11-12-2012 02:30PM (7 years ago)
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Really sad
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brooklyn312 at 11-12-2012 02:46PM (7 years ago)
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OK RIP
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HOPEA23 at 11-12-2012 02:50PM (7 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked..why do u have to killed yourself young man? Gush..r.i.p

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steveoneal at 11-12-2012 03:34PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: Keffejude on 11-12-2012 01:44PM
@least he flew like a bird b4 his death smtin all humans only get to dream about Tongue Grin
YOU ARE THE WORST PERSON I HAVE EVER HEARD OF, I´M SURE YOU DONT HAVE RESPECT FOR HUMANITY WHATSOEVER;;; IM SORRY TO SAY IT ; BUT YOU ARE INDEED A BEAST; JUST KEEP IT UP LIKE THAT YOUR 3RD CLASS CHARACTER WILL SURE MAKE YOU END UP IN A JUNGLE; AND IM NOT TALKING OF A THICK FOREST THIS TIME;;;; ARSCHLOCH::: PENNAR; BLOODY TIER:
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dlimelite at 11-12-2012 03:44PM (7 years ago)
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Very sad. But why kill yourself? May his soul rest in peace.  Cry Cry Cry
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cadanre at 11-12-2012 03:52PM (7 years ago)
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If na 4 naija dem go say na juju or na witch.

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Biafranwar at 11-12-2012 04:08PM (7 years ago)
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better to die in london than dying in nigeria
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cadanre at 11-12-2012 04:09PM (7 years ago)
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Most especially that side.  Sad Sad Sad Sad

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onlyGodknows at 11-12-2012 05:16PM (7 years ago)
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RIP
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Noble12 at 11-12-2012 05:42PM (7 years ago)
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R.I.P
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nestoba at 11-12-2012 06:30PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: ebescopy on 11-12-2012 02:05PM
He died in London
Yes , maybe that was his  life achievement.
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