Stowaway: Kenya authorities dispute identity of man who fell from plane

13 November 2019, 19:48 | Updated: 13 November 2019, 20:17

The Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) has disputed a Sky News investigation about the identity of a stowaway who fell from a Kenyan Airways plane into a south London garden on 30 June.

The airports authority said in a statement that the name of the man identified by Sky News - Paul Manyasi - does not appear on the airport staff register and the airport pass biometric register.

The KAA said: "The identity of the stowaway is an open and active investigation and any information received will be investigated to ensure a factual conclusion."

Colnet, the cleaning company Sky News believes Mr Manyasi worked for, has also released a statement.

It said that employees require a special pass, which is only issued after thorough vetting by the KAA authority.

"There are records of the passes issued and all Colnet employees are accounted for without failure at the end of every shift and we can confirm without a doubt that we don't have, and have never had Paul Manyasi as an employee."

Sky News approached both the KAA and Colnet for reaction before airing the investigation.

Both organisations released statements after the report was aired.

At the time of the incident Kenya's Civil Aviation Authority - responsible for regulating the country's aviation industry - said it is most likely the stowaway had access to air-side and that it was possible it could have been an airport worker.

During the course of the investigation, the Sky News team interviewed Paul Manyasi's parents, Isaac and Janet, who identified some of their son's belongings found in the London garden and in the landing compartment of the Kenya Airways Boeing 787.

Subsequent to broadcasting the story, reports have suggested Mr Manyasi has provided Kenyan media outlets with contradictory statements, including the view that his son was the stowaway, while also suggesting his son was alive and in prison.