'Falling man' generates mystery in London


LONDON — On a September morning, in a neighborhood situated beneath the final approach to London’s Heathrow Airport, a man from Africa fell from the sky and landed with a loud thud on the sidewalk.

Authorities soon determined that he had been a stowaway who fell from a passenger plane when it lowered its landing gear directly above Portman Avenue.

Asking the public to help identify the man, police have released a composite electronic image of what they believe his face looked like before his fall, as well as a photo of a tattoo on his left arm, in hopes that he may be identified.

Based on circumstantial evidence, including some currency found in his jeans pocket, police believe he may have been from Angola.


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