Stowaway found dead in KLM plane's wheel well at Amsterdam airport

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The Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam, North Holland

The body of a teenage stowaway was found in the wheel well of a KLM plane that landed at Amsterdam's Schipol airport.

The body was found by Dutch border police. Dutch Police say that items found with the body indicate it is that of a Norwegian 17-year-old from Larvik who went missing from home, reports Sky News.

Norwegian police said they could not 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".

Officers have been in touch with the missing teenager's parents.

The 6ft-tall blond teenager went missing on Wednesday morning and was the subject of a search by emergency services.

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, reports NY Daily News.

"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 added.

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, reports NY Daily News.

KLM spokesman Joost Ruempol confirmed the incident occurred, but declined further comment.

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