Young mother, infant son survive plane crash in Colombia

In what is called a ‘miracle,’ a woman and her infant child survive a fatal plane crash in Colombia jungle

Photo by: Colombian Air Force
Photo by: Colombian Air Force

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A young woman and her son were found alive five days after their plane crashed in the dense jungles of northwestern Colombia.

Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, and her five-month old son Yudier Moreno, were discovered near the site where the Cessna 303 crashed on Saturday in the Choco province.

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

The pair were airlifted to a hospital in Quibdo.

“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 Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.

“His mother’s spirit must have given him strength to survive.”

The plane’s pilot was found on Monday when rescuers reached the plane and came across Captain Carlos Mario Ceballos dead in the cockpit.

The rescuers who found the plane with doors ajar believe that Murillo climbed out of the plane after the crash with her baby.

The 14-person search and rescue team combed the dense forest for days until they located the mother and child.

The plane was on a 43 mile journey from Quibdo, the capital of the Choco region, to Nuqui on the pacific coast, in northwest Colombia. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

TRTWorld and agencies