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Stowaway teen likely climbed fence

Police believe a 17-year-old Norwegian boy found dead in the wheel well of a KLM aircraft in Amsterdam last Friday probably scaled the security fence at Torp Sandefjord airport. On Thursday, they decided to drop any further investigation of his motives but will continue to assist in the probe of how the airport’s security could be so alarmingly breached.

Police reviewed video footage to work out how the teenager managed to get onto the airport’s grounds and into the KLM jet, which was parked at Torp overnight and then took off for an early morning flight to Amsterdam, where the teen’s body was found by technical workers.

“Pictures from surveillance cameras show a person coming in towards the place where the KLM aircraft stood parked,” said Vestfold police in a press statement on Wednesday afternoon. “The KLM plane stood first in a line of aircraft on the apron for international flights. The person in the video images is alone and moves along the terminal building to the plane. The person moves further in under the plane. This occurs around 03:13 on Friday morning. In the period from then until the plane taxied out at 06:15 there are no new movements by the plane, with the exception of staff straight ahead of departure.”

“We assume that the person has climbed over the fence on the west side, close to the terminal building,” said the head of the Sandefjord police criminal section, Merete Torp Nilsen. “This is not captured by the video surveillance, but tracks at the site led police to believe it is here he has climbed over.”

Police finished their investigations into the boy’s movements around Torp airport, but said they would assist in any further investigations by aviation authority Luftfartstilsynet. They found no holes in the high security fence that’s topped by barbed wire, which the boy must have tackled in order to get over it. It’s believed he died from a lack of oxygen while huddled in the wheel well. staff



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