Man in landing gear was 17-year-old Norwegian
The body found yesterday at the landing gear of a KLM Cityhopper aircraft is believed to be that of a 17-year old Norwegian boy missing since Wednesday. Investigators working at the flight's origin, Sandefjord Torp airport in Norway, found an identity card believed to be the boy's, according to Norwegian media.
He is reportedly from Larvik, Norway situated 135 kilometers south of Oslo and only 20 kilometers from the airport. Reports in Norway say the boy had been diagnosed with symptoms of autism.
Analysis of evidence at the scene of the grisly discovery have not turned up any form of misconduct or violence. The victim is believed to have died from a lack of oxygen, according to the Marechaussee.
Surveillance video from the flight's origin shows a man walking around the aircraft earlier in the day. The airport authority is analyzing the video, and has checked the barbed wire fence surrounding the facility. No sign of a break-in at the fencing was discovered.
The aircraft was supposed to have been inspected before take-off, including a visual inspection of the landing gear, though it is not clear if a written report was filed on the KLM Cityhopper flight before takeoff.
A spokesman for the airline says it is mandatory that the planes are inspected before they depart, but he did not yet have specific information available about the pre-flight check for the aircraft in question.