The bodies of two young men, who may have been from the Dominican Republic, were discovered in the undercarriage of an Avianca plane in the Colombian capital Bogota during maintenance, the airline and the country’s attorney general’s office announced on Saturday.
“At its arrival to the El Dorado airport in Bogota, staff from the airline discovered the bodies of two passengers who flew irregularly (stowaways) in the undercarriage of the aeroplane,” Avianca said in a statement, adding that the discovery was made on Friday evening.
Avianca offered condolences to the families of the two victims and stated that, although it inspects aircraft before every flight, authorities are in charge of ensuring the security of airports and their restricted areas.
According to a statement from the attorney general’s office, “the technical investigative body of the attorney general’s office is taking out urgent operations to determine the nationality and origin of the bodies aged between 15 and 20, Afro-descendent, which were located inside the aeroplane.”
Although no identity documents were discovered with the victims, one was determined to be carrying Dominican Republic dollars, and a suitcase containing the men also included documentation from that nation. These findings “indicate that the males may have been on the aircraft since January 3,” when it was last in the Dominican Republic, the office stated.
The bodies had been frozen and partially thawed, according to the statement, and one had burns.