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Body found in wheel well of plane

Published 05/06/2014 | 15:47

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A body believed to be a Norwegian teenager has been found in a KLM plane at Schiphol airport

A body has been found in the wheel well of an airliner that landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

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Norwegian police said the body is likely to be that of a 17-year-old from Larvik, southern Norway, who went missing yesterday morning and was the subject of a search by emergency services.

They described him as 6ft tall and slim with blond hair and freckles.

A Norwegian police statement said officers could not yet 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".

The statement said officers have contacted the youth's parents.

Richard Haarman of the Netherlands' border police confirmed that the body was found in a KLM plane and said the incident was under investigation.

A photo published on the website 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 early today.

KLM declined immediate comment.

Sandfjord police investigator Merete Torp Nilsen said she believed identifying papers had been found on the victim's body.

"We are investigating what happened at our end. The rest is in the hands of Dutch police," she said.

Mr Haarman 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% certain of his identity, and second, out of consideration for his family," he said.

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