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Stowaway Fell From The Sky In UK  
User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 12419 times:

UK police believe the man they found dead on the street, apparently was a stowaway. Cause of death, according to police was due to multiple injuries.

http://news.yahoo.com/uk-police-unab...entify-man-fell-sky-075423972.html

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User currently offlineTriple7X From Singapore, joined Dec 2012, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 12383 times:

RIP to this poor man having to resort to stowaway just to escape from his country of origin.


Just a 16 year old who loves aviation :)
User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 12324 times:

Yes, may this unfortunate individual RIP. This tragic incident was reported on a.net in September IIRC. What is the new news - that attempts to identify the man have failed?

User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11747 times:

UPDATE:
Pollice says Unable to identify man who fell from the sky... I hope they find out who this guy is and, maybe notify his family.
http://news.yahoo.com/uk-police-unab...entify-man-fell-sky-075423972.html


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1107 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 11512 times:

Very sad. What a horrible way to go. There are slums surrounding the perimeter of LAD, so it's likely he came from there.

Quote:
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.

Nice. The Angolan government at its finest. This typical uncooperative attitude from the Angolan authorities will make it next to impossible to identify the man.


User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4278 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11203 times:

You hear about stories like this every now and again - it is always extremely sad and disturbing.
Most of the time, the tragedy follows a familiar path:

- the person is found dead but it is often not the fall that kills them (not sure if this is of any consolation or not)
- the suspected origin of the flight is usually a poor nation with a lack of secure perimeter at the airport
- the stowaway mistakenly believes that hitching a ride in a wheel well is possible: or the small chance of surviving and beginning a new life in a "first world" nation is worth the immense risk. of course, we usually never know for sure
- the falling corpse can cause ground damage in some cases. as distressing as it is for local residents to see a mangled body on the street, at least nobody on the ground was hurt in any way, thank goodness

There are no easy fixes to this problem. My heart goes out to the loved ones of the deceased man, whether they know he took his final ride or are simply wondering where he is.



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11070 times:

Quoting richierich (Reply 5):
it is often not the fall that kills them

It's the sudden stop at the end.



Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5214 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10995 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 6):
It's the sudden stop at the end.

LOL! You beat me to it.

Anyway, don't some of those countries have signs now everywhere explaining that you will die without oxygen at -50 degrees? I remember seeing that on tv in a documentary.


User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12638 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10894 times:
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Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 4):
Nice. The Angolan government at its finest.

Huh? It's the police that say the evidence is only circumstantial. How does that reflect on the Angolan government?



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User currently offlineTardis From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8418 times:

Anyone desperate enough to stow away is desperate enough to do whatever they need to do in
order to get to the aircraft. Whilst sad, it can be understood.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1107 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6726 times:

Quoting scbriml (Reply 8):
Huh? It's the police that say the evidence is only circumstantial. How does that reflect on the Angolan government?

I interpreted "they" to refer to the Angolan authorities, not the police.


User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 4):
This typical uncooperative attitude from the Angolan authorities will make it next to impossible to identify the man.

With respect, the Angolan authorities may not wish to devote resources to the identification of a deceased person found in the UK who might have been an Angolan citizen.

My take on trying to establish the deceased's identity: produce an artist's sketch of the distinctive tattoo on the corpse; invite the Angolan press/TV to run the story; wait to see if any of the hundreds of thousands/millions who read/see the story come forward with identification.

A useful side effect of telling the story to a wide audience would be to make people aware that stowing away in an aircraft wheel well is very likely to result in one's death. There may well be potential stowaways who know neither that it gets extremely cold at altitude nor that the air at altitude is too thin to support life.


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

This poor guy landed in a street. Imagine if he fell through somebody's roof into their lounge or bedroom!
I think that would be enough to send somebody to the mental ward for a vacation!


User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4278 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 12):
This poor guy landed in a street. Imagine if he fell through somebody's roof into their lounge or bedroom!
I think that would be enough to send somebody to the mental ward for a vacation!

If the poor dead man landed in a bedroom or on a sleeping person, that would probably mean sending two people to the morgue. It's highly unlikely that a body would land ON another person but this is at least the second or third time I remember hearing about such tragedies occurring where the deceased landed on a street or a parked car, etc. If you think about it, the regions around many major airports (such as LHR) is highly built-up and even a few miles away in the area where the gear is lowered, it is likely over populated areas.

It is sad. I hope there is some effort made to find this man's next of kin, no matter how daunting of a task that may be.



None shall pass!!!!
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