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The young man who was found dead on a street in west London in the early hours of September 9 last year, was most likely a stowaway, an inquest has said.

The body of José Matada was found on a street in Sheen, in south west London last year. Investigations carried out revealed him to be from Angola, with a flight from the Angolan capital Luanda having passed over the west London suburb shortly before the body was found.

The inquiry head that Matada had attempted to stow in to the country in the wheel recess of the flight from south west Africa but the cold and low pressure he had endured over the course of the 12 hour flight to London had taken its toll on him.

“In my view he was either very close to the point of death or, indeed, dead when he struck the ground,” forensic pathologist Robert Chapman said at the hearing, adding that Mr Matada had sustained substantial injuries, especially to his head. 

Mr Matada was identified by a tattoo on his left arm. 


Man found dead on London street 'stowaway who fell from plane'
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