‘Mir­a­cle’ mom, baby sur­vive Colom­bia plane crash

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A mother and her in­fant son who dis­ap­peared in a plane crash in the dense jun­gles of north­west­ern Colom­bia sev­eral days ago were found alive and well Wed­nes­day in what author­i­ties called a “mir­a­cle.”

Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, not yet one year old, were dis­cov­ered near the site where the Cessna 303 crashed on Satur­day in thick brush.

“It’s a mir­a­cle. It is a very wild area and it was a cat­a­strophic ac­ci­dent,” Colonel Hec­tor Car­ras­cal, com­man­der of the Colom­bian Air Force in An­tio­quia depart­ment, told AFP.

“His mother’s spirit must have given him strength to sur­vive,” he said of the baby.

Murillo and her son were taken by he­li­copter to a nearby hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries, said Car­ras­cal, adding that he was stunned they were alive.

“The lady has wounds and mi­nor burns and ap­par­ently the child is un­harmed,” the Colom­bian Air Force said in a state­ment.

The plane’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 climbed out.

A 14-per­son search-and-res­cue team scoured the dense for­est for sev­eral days be­fore find­ing the mother and child.

The res­cue team was on the last day of its work when the mother and child ap­peared near the site of the crash, Car­ras­cal said.

The plane of­fered air taxi ser­vices be­tween re­mote ar­eas in north­west Colom­bia. It was trav­el­ing be­tween Nuqui and Quibdo when it was de­clared miss­ing, author­i­ties said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to find the cause of the crash.

AFP

This hand­out photo re­leased on Wed­nes­day, June 24 by the Aerial Com­bat Com­mand Num­ber 5 of the Colom­bian Air Force of a Red Cross mem­ber hold­ing baby Yudier Moreno as he and his mother are trans­ported on a he­li­copter to a hos­pi­tal in Quibdo, Choco depart­ment, Colom­bia.

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