Official sources indicated that the two bodies were found during a maintenance check on the aircraft, which produced AV116 and arrived in the Colombian capital last night.
The bodies “belonged to two individuals who flew irregularly (stowaways) in the landing gear of the aircraft involved in the flight,” the agency said in a statement this Saturday.
The airline is focused on cooperating with the airport and local authorities to clarify the case, and necessary steps are taken to prevent such incidents from happening again,” said Avianca, adding, “In its procedures before each take-off, the aircraft inspects the safety plane and its perimeter.
Meanwhile, on Friday (at 8:55 p.m. Puerto Rico time), Civil Aeronautics described in a statement the announcement of “an update on the AV116 flight that landed at 7:55 p.m. in Bogotá.”
“According to the information gathered, two persons were found dead in the landing gear of the aircraft when the maintenance inspection was carried out.”included the information, which did not provide any further details about the victims or their nationalities.
In light of what happened, the Prosecutor’s Office’s Technical Investigation Unit (CTI) is conducting “technical procedures for disposing of bodies and related changes.”
Likewise, Civil Aeronautics contacted Chilean authorities and Avianca to initiate “investigations.”