A MAN found dead on a quiet suburban street was a suspected stowaway who had plunged 2,000ft from a plane.
Cops believe he tumbled from the undercarriage as the jet was coming in to land at Heathrow.
Shocked residents told yesterday of their horror at seeing the manâ€™s body lying on the pavement in leafy Mortlake, South West London.
Supermarket worker Jamie Notley, 19, said: â€œI was on my way to work when I heard a loud thump on the ground.
â€œI decided to walk further down to see if anyone had been hurt. It was horrific.â€
Billy Watson, 26, who lives opposite where the body fell, said: â€œIt was about four hours before the police covered him. Nobody was allowed out of their house, you could hear them saying, â€˜stay inside!â€™â€
The area â€” ten miles from Heathrow â€” is under a flight path where planes open their undercarriage and lower wheels ready for landing.
Experts believe the victim â€” said to be in his 30s and from North Africa â€” was probably dead before he fell on Sunday morning.
Richard Taylor from the Civil Aviation Authority said: â€œTemperatures in the undercarriage reach -40Â°C at high altitudes, so heâ€™s basically frozen to death. There is virtually no chance of someone surviving.
â€œVery often people get crushed to death by the landing gear when it retracts.
â€œIt is surprising that people still do it. I guess they donâ€™t realise they have very little chance of surviving.â€