Mother, baby survive Colombia plane crashBy Bobricky 03:47 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 Comments
A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungle of western Colombia have been found alive and well five days later in what authorities have described as a â€œmiracleâ€.
Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, not yet one year old, were found on Wednesday close to the site where the Cessna 303 crashed on Saturday in thick vegetation near Quibdo in the province of Choco.
â€œItâ€™s a miracle. It is a very wild area and it was a catastrophic accident,â€ Colonel Hector Carrascal, the commander of the Colombian air force in Antioquia, told AFP news agency.
â€œHis motherâ€™s spirit must have given him strength to survive.â€
Murillo and her baby were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, said Carrascal, adding that he was stunned they were alive.
â€œThe lady has wounds and minor burns and apparently the child is
unharmed,â€ the Colombian air force said in a statement.
The planeâ€™s pilot, Captain Carlos Mario Ceballos, died in the crash and rescuers found his body in the aircraft.
They discovered the doors of the plane ajar and suspected that survivors may have clambered out.
A 14-person search-and-rescue team scoured the dense forest before finding the mother and child.
The plane was travelling between Nuqui and Quibdo in western Colombia when it crashed.
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