Two U.S. airline pilots were shot during the same week in Colombia this month. One incident occurred in Bogota and the other in Cali – both had been robbed at gunpoint near their layover hotels. Fortunately both are expected to recover fully from their injuries.
Carriers are reminding crew to be on alert during their foreign layovers, as reported by aviation watchdog JonNYC,
There’s an American Airlines safety memo as well. Last year American Airlines crew were robbed at gunpoint on their way to the San José, Costa Rica airport from their hotel. And the year before an American Airlines pilot was caught in gunfire outside a Puerto Rico strip club.
Bad things can happen anywhere, but risk goes up in certain places – Colombia is much safer than it was in decades past, Cali especially, though my non-expert sense is that it may not be as safe as it was late in the last decade. It’s striking that two pilots were shot in unrelated incidents in the same week.