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‘Miracle’ mom, baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

Nelly Murillo is put on a trolley as she and her baby arrive in Quibdo, Choco department in Colombia on June 24, 2015, after the light aircraft in which they were travelling crashed four days earlier in the forest/AFP

Nelly Murillo is put on a trolley as she and her baby arrive in Quibdo, Choco department in Colombia on June 24, 2015, after the light aircraft in which they were travelling crashed four days earlier in the forest/AFP

BOGOTA, Colombia, Jun 25 – 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 in what authorities called a “miracle.”

Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, not yet one year old, were found 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 on Wednesday.

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

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.

“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 clambered out.

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

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The plane was travelling between Nuqui and Quibdo in northwest Colombia when it crashed.

Investigators were looking at the cause.

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