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Police seek identity of man who fell from sky
State Journal Register ^ | Dec 10, 2012

Posted on 12/10/2012 11:07:31 AM PST by KeyLargo

Police seek identity of man who fell from sky

LONDON — 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.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: aircraft; airlines; aliens; stowaway


1 posted on 12/10/2012 11:07:35 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Maybe it’s an angel who didn’t get their wings?


2 posted on 12/10/2012 11:09:33 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: KeyLargo

Was it David Bowie?


3 posted on 12/10/2012 11:10:10 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: KeyLargo

D.B. Cooper


4 posted on 12/10/2012 11:10:27 AM PST by rightsmart
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To: KeyLargo

The fall isn’t so bad. The landing is a tricker...


5 posted on 12/10/2012 11:13:15 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: KeyLargo

Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of was that video for the Weather Girls song, “It’s rainin’ Men”...


6 posted on 12/10/2012 11:14:48 AM PST by apillar
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To: rightsmart
D.B. Cooper

Poor guy... got caught in the jet stream and has been circling the earth for the past 30 years.

7 posted on 12/10/2012 11:15:18 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: KeyLargo

Skyfall.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 11:18:44 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: Cementjungle

ho hum... just another example of Darwin’s Theory


9 posted on 12/10/2012 11:19:27 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: KeyLargo

Clark Kent?


10 posted on 12/10/2012 11:19:37 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: apillar
Should read: "to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store and near an upscale lingerie shop and near a storefront offering Chinese medical cures."
11 posted on 12/10/2012 11:21:47 AM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Just another of Obama’s uncles. They’re plentiful this year.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 11:22:09 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Cementjungle
Should of had one of these
13 posted on 12/10/2012 11:24:15 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

14 posted on 12/10/2012 11:25:47 AM PST by Fido969
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To: KeyLargo

Given the extremely low outside air temperature at typical commercial airline flight levels, I’m sure he had already frozen to death by the time the gear was lowered.

What a way to go.


15 posted on 12/10/2012 11:26:04 AM PST by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (also my 2012 strategy))
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To: KeyLargo

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY..........


16 posted on 12/10/2012 11:27:12 AM PST by annieokie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

We had an incident where I worked 35 years ago. A plane ripped apart in the air, and two men fell out. One hit a gravel parking lot, died but stayed whole. The second went through the roof of a shop, hit the cement floor and splattered all over the place. Talk about “Terminal Velocity”!

The rest of the plane crashed in a field and the pilot was killed.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 11:29:40 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (SAVE THE SUMATRAN RAT MONKEY!)
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Possibly crushed by the wheels,there ain’t much room in them wheel wells when retracted and the doors closed...


18 posted on 12/10/2012 11:30:50 AM PST by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: Tigerized

19 posted on 12/10/2012 11:35:27 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Tigerized; pricilla

Yeah, there’s at least four ways you can die there - easily: crushing, freezing, hypoxia, and falling (assuming you survive the first 3, you’d better be strapped onto the gear since you have no idea when they’ll deploy again).

I can’t figure out who thought this might be a good way to smuggle yourself into another country, but people continue to die every year trying it.


20 posted on 12/10/2012 11:50:17 AM PST by alancarp (Liberals: making promises that no one's wallet can keep,)
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To: alancarp

I remember seeing a pic of a landed plane with red streaks coming from the wheel well..the ground crew thought hydraulic leak at first...closer look showed stowaway..yeeckh!!!!!


21 posted on 12/10/2012 12:11:13 PM PST by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: KeyLargo

That first picture is the paperboy screaming at the pilot he wants his two dollars.


22 posted on 12/10/2012 12:15:42 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: KeyLargo

It was probably an attempted terrorist attack gone wrong (or right?).


23 posted on 12/10/2012 12:33:36 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: KeyLargo

2010 in Boston
http://www.wbur.org/2010/12/10/tisdale-death

>>A Massachusetts prosecutor says it’s likely that a North Carolina teen whose mutilated body was found in Milton fell from the sky after stowing away in an airplane wheel well.

Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating says police searched the area Friday in Milton where 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale was found last month, and they found sneakers and a shirt matching clothing his family said he’d worn.

He said the items were found along a path a Boston-bound plane would have taken while approaching Logan International Airport. Keating said authorities believe Tisdale hid in the airplane.

“It appears more likely than not that Mr. Tisdale was able to breach airport security and hide in the wheel well of the plane without being detected by airport security personnel,” Keating said.

Police found no evidence of foul play but did find trauma consistent with a fall from significant height.


24 posted on 12/10/2012 1:04:33 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: KeyLargo

One notes that this never happens to aircraft that are about to land in some communist or other third world hell-hole.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 1:16:26 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: KeyLargo

The article mentioned the fact that he was found near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie store and a place selling Chinese potions. Now, Watson, what could all this mean? This must be important or they wouldn’t have put it in the article. Hmmmmmm.....a convenience store. He was probably going for a slurpee. An upscale lingerie store? Must have had some money and was buying ladies underwear. A Chinese potion store? Probably looking for an aphrodisiac. That’s it then, Watson. We simply look in the missing persons for a rich, thirsty, horny transvestite. That’s half of London, but it narrows it down some.


26 posted on 12/10/2012 1:24:17 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: KeyLargo

If you fall off a cliff, get rescued by Superman, and he asks “did you vote for Obama?”...you’d better give him the right answer.


27 posted on 12/10/2012 1:28:31 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: alancarp

It’s in the same handbook as riding a bicycle against traffic. We don’t get that handbook, so we don’t understand.


28 posted on 12/10/2012 1:35:37 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: KeyLargo
His poor family. Here's an image of the man.


29 posted on 12/10/2012 1:47:01 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: KeyLargo
the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk

Matt?

30 posted on 12/10/2012 3:51:18 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: KeyLargo

Attention Bob Costas: This man would still be alive if there were no planes!


31 posted on 12/10/2012 5:26:21 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: KeyLargo
You've gotta feel bad for the guy.Freezing to death at an altitude at which the air doesn’t hold *nearly* enough oxygen can't be a fun way to go.
32 posted on 12/10/2012 6:55:44 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: KeyLargo

I didn’t know the Chinese made parachutes.


33 posted on 12/11/2012 1:32:14 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: KeyLargo
Time-lapse video of a number of airplanes arriving at LHR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgHjVvqLXV8

Didn't see anybody fall out, thankfully.

34 posted on 12/11/2012 1:52:05 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Gay State Conservative

He would have gone to sleep once above 20,000 feet without oxygen, which altitude the plane would have reached in minutes after takeoff and not felt any freezing temperature effects after that.


35 posted on 12/11/2012 5:39:46 AM PST by KeyLargo
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