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Body of stowaway found in London garden

The body of a man found in a backyard in Clapham is thought to be that of a Kenya Airways stowaway. (AAP)

A man's body has been found in a London garden after falling from the undercarriage of a Kenya Airways jet as it approached Heathrow Airport.

A body discovered in a garden in south London is believed to have fallen from the landing gear compartment of a Kenya Airways flight.

Police say they are trying to identify the individual, believed to be male, after the body was found at a residential address in Clapham on Sunday afternoon.

"At this point, police believe the man was a stowaway and had fallen from the landing gear of an inbound Kenya Airways flight to Heathrow Airport," Metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Monday.

"A bag, water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment once it landed at the airport."

The Press Association news agency cited a neighbour as saying the body "landed one metre away from" a man sunbathing in his back garden.

"I heard a 'whomp'. I went upstairs to look out of a window," it quoted the unnamed resident as saying.

"He had all of his clothes on and everything. I had a closer look and saw there was blood all over the walls of the garden.

"His head was not in a good way. I realised immediately that he had fallen," the neighbour said, adding that a plane spotter saw the body fall.

Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious and inquiries are underway to establish the "full circumstances".

In 2015, a body found on the roof of a southwest London business was believed to be that of a stowaway who fell from a British Airways flight from South Africa.

People flying in passenger planes outside the pressurized cabins are subjected to freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen at the high altitudes at which the aircraft fly.

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