Schiphol Cityhopper death was suicide, airport police confirm

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The man who died at Schiphol airport after becoming caught up in the motor of a KLM Cityhopper had deliberately climbed into the engine, Dutch border police said on Thursday evening.

The aircraft had just completed the pushback procedure and was about to taxi to the runway when the man climbed onto the aircraft.  He worked for a Schiphol operating company.

“The investigation has revealed that he intentionally climbed into the engine, indicating this is a case of suicide,” the police said in a short statement. “Out of respect for the victim and their loved ones, no further statements will be made.”

The AD said the incident had a “major impact” on the crew and passengers who had seen it happen.

KLM Cityhopper flies with small aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer which can take between 88 and 132 passengers.

Anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts can chat with someone anonymously at www.113 or ring the free number 0800-0113.

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