A body has been found inside a BA passenger aircraft that landed at Heathrow Airport in England.

British Airways said the body was found inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 747 after it arrived at the London airport from Cape Town, South Africa.

A company spokesman said: "We are liaising with the South African authorities and Cape Town airport after a body was found in the landing gear bay of one of our aircraft."

It concluded: "They are investigating how this incident took place, which involved a Boeing 747 which arrived this morning from Cape Town."

"This is a very rare and sad event and our thoughts are with the individual's family."