Authorities say they are investigating the nationality and provenance of the bodies of two men discovered at Bogota’s airport.
The bodies of two young men have been found in the landing gear of an Avianca plane during maintenance in the Colombian capital Bogota, the airline and Colombia’s attorney general’s office said.
The bodies were discovered by flight crew after the plane from Santiago, Chile, landed in Bogota on Friday night.
“On arrival at El Dorado Airport in Bogota, airline personnel discovered the bodies of two people who were flying erratically. [stowaways] in the aircraft’s landing gear,” Avianca said in a statement on Saturday.
Avianca expressed its condolences to the families of the two people, adding that while it inspects aircraft before each flight, the security of airports and their restricted areas is the responsibility of authorities.
“The technical investigative body of the Attorney General’s Office is conducting urgent actions to identify the nationality and origin of the bodies between 15 and 20 years old, Afro-descended, found on the plane,” the prosecutor’s office said. attorney general in a statement. .
While no identification documents were found with the bodies, one carried money from the Dominican Republic and a briefcase found with the men had paperwork from that country, suggesting the men may have been in that country.
Those discoveries “lead the men to have been on the plane since Jan. 3,” when it was last in the Dominican Republic, the agency said.
The plane last received regular maintenance on Dec. 27, the attorney general’s office added, and has since traveled to Bogota, Guarulhos, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago.
The bodies were frozen and partially thawed, the statement added, and one had burns.