The body of an African man has been found in undercarriage of a plane.
The TUI flight #TOM225 had travelled from The Gambia’s capital Banjul to London Gatwick Airport.
Sussex Police said the discovery was made at the airport at about 04:00 GMT on 7 December.
A Gatwick Airport spokesperson said: “This is terribly sad news and our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.”
A Tui spokesperson said: “We can confirm that an investigation with authorities is under way after a body was discovered on a Tui flight from Gambia to London Gatwick Airport on December 7. We would like to express our sincere condolences.”
Sussex Police said: “Officers are investigating and a report will be prepared for HM Coroner.”
A spokesperson for The Gambia’s government said the man was an unidentified black male.
The 2,760-mile (4,444 km) journey from The Gambia to the UK usually takes about six and a half hours on a direct flight.
Two months ago, a dead body has been found in the undercarriage of a Lufthansa aircraft that arrived at #Frankfurt airport from Tehran. Police said the ground crew found the body while carrying out maintenance work.