Dutch border police say they found a body in the wheel well of a KLM airplane that landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Thursday, and Norwegian authorities suspect it may be that of a missing teenage boy.
Dutch border police say they found a body in the wheel well of a KLM airplane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Thursday, and Norwegian authorities suspect it may be that of a missing teenage boy.
Norwegian police said the body was likely that of a 17-year-old from Larvik, in southern Norway, who went missing Wednesday morning and was the subject of a search by emergency services. They described him as 1.80 meters (six feet) tall and slim with blond hair and freckles.
In a statement, the Norwegian police said they couldn’t be absolutely sure, “but the description and objects found with the dead person indicate with a high degree of certainty that it is the 17-year-old.” They said they have contacted the youth’s parents.
Sandfjord police chief investigator Merete Torp Nilsen said she believed identifying papers had been found on the victim’s body.
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“We are investigating what happened at our end. The rest is in the hands of Dutch police,” she said.
Richard Haarman of the Netherlands’ border police confirmed the discovery of a body and said investigators believe the victim was a stowaway who was asphyxiated.
“We’re being very cautious about saying who we believe this person to be. First because we’re not 100 percent certain of his identity, and second, out of consideration for his family” he said.
A photo published on the Web site of Noordhollands Dagblad newspaper showed the Embraer 190 on the tarmac, with white sheets shielding its midsection from view and a coroner’s car nearby. The plane’s call letters were PH-EZC — which are those of the jet linked to KLM flight 1212 that departed from Sandefjord-Torp airport near Oslo, Norway early Thursday.
KLM spokesman Joost Ruempol confirmed the incident occurred, but declined further comment.
Associated Press Writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen contributed to this report.