Authorities said they were investigating the nationality and origin of the two men’s bodies discovered at Bogota airport.
The bodies of two young men were found in the undercarriage of an Avianca plane during maintenance in the Colombian capital Bogota, the airline and the Colombian attorney general’s office said.
The bodies were discovered by airline staff after the plane from Santiago, Chile landed in Bogota on Friday night.
“On arrival at El Dorado airport in Bogota, airline staff discovered the bodies of two unidentified flyers. [stowaways] in the undercarriage of the aircraft,” Avianca said in a statement on Saturday.
Avianca expressed sympathy for the families of the two and added that although they check planes before each flight, security at airports and their restricted areas is the responsibility of the authorities.
“The Attorney General’s Office Technical Investigations Division is taking urgent actions to determine the nationality and origin of the bodies between the ages of 15 and 20, of African descent, found inside. aircraft,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement. .
Although no identification was found with the bodies, a person carrying money from the Dominican Republic and a suitcase were found with men with that country’s papers, for see these men may have been in that country.
The office said those findings “infer that the men may have been on the plane since January 3,” when the flight was last in the Dominican Republic.
The plane was last scheduled for routine maintenance on December 27, and has since flown to Bogota, Guarulhos, near Sao Paulo, Brazil and Santiago, the attorney general’s office added.
The bodies were partially frozen and thawed, the statement added, and one person suffered burns.