A dead body discovered in the undercarriage of a KLM plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam was a missing Norwegian teen, Dutch police have confirmed.
Workers at the airport discovered the body on Thursday soon after the plane, which had flown from Sandefjord airport near the Norwegian town of Larvik, had landed.
The Dutch gendarmeries released a statement the following day saying that upon investigation they learnt that the body was that of a 17-year-old Norwegian boy. The statement said that no foul play was suspected and that the death occurred as a result of lack of oxygen.
The mother of the victim, who was reported missing on Wednesday, said that he suffered from autism. He last went missing in September 2012, but was located and returned to his family unharmed 12 hours later. His mother said that they had not foreseen anything similar happening again as there had been no signs of strange behavior of late, adding that she had no idea what made him get into the undercarriage of the Dutch carrier’s aircraft.
On Friday, officials from Sandefjord airport, Norwegian civil aviation and KLM met to investigate how the boy could have breached airport security and made his way to the plane’s undercarriage without being detected. Surveillance cameras at the airport showed someone hanging around close to the aircraft early on Thursday morning, but officials were unable to confirm if it was the victim.