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Plane Stowaway: This feature was first published by Sky News: It was sunny and warm on 30 June as residents in south London finished their lunch and unwound on a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

But the peace was shattered in Offerton Road with a terrifying thump.

A man occupied a crater in one of the back gardens after falling through the sky for a kilometre.

His lifeless frame had pulverised the concrete and mangled the lawn and he had barely missed a tenant on a sun-lounger.

A witness said the man looked like a “block of ice”.

The locals were shocked and puzzled. Did he have a name? Where did he come from? Was he a stowaway on a passenger plane?

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Had he risked his existence in a desperate attempt to improve it?

Sky News has spent the last few months trying to determine the identity of this individual and we now believe he is a 29-year-old who worked as an airport cleaner in Kenya.

His girlfriend Irene said they had planned to start a family, but he made a decision that virtually guaranteed his demise.

Irene revealed that her colleague, Paul Manyasi, had gone missing at the end of June.

“We were at work in the morning…he suddenly disappeared. I called his phone it was off,” Irene, told Sky News. Manyasi lived in the sprawling Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum which is near the airport.

His body fell from a Kenyan Airways jet coming to land at Heathrow Airport on June 30. He landed just inches away from John Baldock, who had been sunbathing in his garden in Clapham, south London.

Mr Manyasi’s father confirmed that a bag, sports shoes and red underwear found hidden on the flight belonged to his son. A witness who saw the body fall from the plane said it looked like ‘block of ice’ and left a crater in the garden.

The flight was landing at Heathrow following a nine hour flight from Kenya. One neighbour told The Sun: ‘I was in the kitchen and there was a huge noise. It shook the kitchen. I thought my house was falling down. I went upstairs and looked out window and saw the body.’ They continued: ‘I saw John outside he was shaking and trembling. He wasn’t saying anything. He could hardly speak. My husband called the police. It was horrific.’

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