Beautiful Virgin Islands

Saturday, Feb 24, 2024

Colombia plane crash: Children reportedly survive 16 days in jungle

Colombia plane crash: Children reportedly survive 16 days in jungle

Officials in Colombia say four children missing since their plane crashed in the jungle have been found alive and well more than two weeks later.
Their mother and the other adults were killed in the crash.

The government's child welfare agency, ICBF, said it had received information "from the field" that the children had been found in good health.

A pilot said he had also been told the children had been found by indigenous people deep in the rainforest.

Soldiers taking part in the search, however, have yet to see the children for themselves.

The Cessna 206 light aircraft they had been in was flying from Araracuara, deep in the Amazon jungle in southern Colombia, to San José del Guaviare, when it disappeared in the morning of 1 May.

Its pilot had earlier reported engine problems.

After a huge search effort involving more than 100 soldiers, the plane was finally located on Monday, two weeks after it had disappeared.

The bodies of the pilot, the co-pilot and 33-year-old Magdalena Mucutuy, the mother of the four children, were found at the crash site in Caquetá province.

But the children, who are aged 13, nine and four years, as well as an 11-month-old baby, were nowhere to be found.

The search teams have, however, found clues indicating that the children, who are from the Huitoto indigenous group, survived the crash.

Sniffer dogs came across a child's drinking bottle, a pair of scissors, a hair tie and some half-eaten fruit.

The search teams also found an improvised shelter made from sticks and branches.

"We think that the children who were aboard the plane are alive. We have found traces at a different location, away from the crash site, and a place where they may have sheltered," Colonel Juan José López said on Wednesday.

Fearing that the children were wandering ever deeper into the jungle, the military deployed helicopters which played a recorded message from their grandmother in the Huitoto language urging them to stay put.

The search was hampered by heavy rains, but on Wednesday Colombia's Institute for Child Welfare told Colombia's president it had received reports "from the field" that the children had been found by locals.

President Petro tweeted the news, saying the had been located "after an arduous search".

However, confusion arose when Colombia's armed forces said they themselves had not yet been able to make contact with the children "due to the difficult meteorological conditions and the difficult terrain" - and could not confirm the news of their rescue.

Meanwhile, Avianline, a local plane operator which owned the crashed plane, released a statement saying that it too had received reports that the children had been found.

One of its pilots landing on a dirt strip in Cachiporro, a community near the crash site, was told that locals there had been contacted by radio from a remote location called Dumar and been told that the children had been found. They would be taken by boat to Cachiporro, he said.

The company added that it had no way of confirming if the information was correct, but it did point out that the arrival of the children by boat may have been delayed by heavy rains, which have made the river too dangerous to navigate.

Indigenous radio stations have also reported that the children were found by a local, and were being transported by river to Cachiporro.

President Petro has not released any news on the children since the tweet in which he announced that they had been located.

The children's father had earlier said that he was not giving up hope. He told Caracol Radio that his sister had once been lost in the forest for a month and managed to return.

It is thought that the Huitoto people's knowledge of fruits and jungle survival skills will have given the young children a better chance of surviving the ordeal.
Comments

Oh ya 280 days ago
Native kids that have been taught to live off the land. Todays youth would die as soon as their IPhone stopped working and they could not teach TicTok

Newsletter

Related Articles

Beautiful Virgin Islands
London's Iconic British Telecom Tower Sold To Become Hotel
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
Ukraine Arrests Father-Son Duo In Lockbit Cybercrime Bust
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
US Offers $15 Million For Info On Leaders Of Cybercrime Group Lockbit
BVI Freedom Song
Russia Claims UK Cultural Agency Spied for Ukraine
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
Apple warns against drying iPhones with rice
VIRGIN ISLANDS REGGAE CARIBBEAN RIDDIMZ
Alexei Navalny: UK sanctions Russian prison chiefs after activist's death
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
German economy is in 'troubled waters' - ministry
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
In a recent High Court hearing, the U.S. argued that Julian Assange endangered lives by releasing classified information.
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
New video
Hello Dolly
Tucker Carlson says Boris Johnson wants "a million dollars, in Bitcoin or cash, from Tucker Carlson to talk about Ukraine.
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
EU Commission wants anti-drone defenses at Brussels HQ
Yes He Can
Von der Leyen’s 2nd-term pitch: More military might, less climate talk
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Global Law Enforcement Dismantles Lockbit Ransomware Operation
Unforgettable
Prince William Urges End to Gaza Conflict
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
UK court to hear Assange's final appeal against extradition to the US, where he faces charges related to his journalistic work—the publication of a classified video in 2010 that exposed US war crimes against humanity.
The Lord's Prayer
About 50-60% kids either chose to be YouTuber or influencer
THE GOD MOVEMENT...BEAUTIFUL BVI
A viral video of Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce lying on a Canberra footpath is celebrated by his media mates.
Siyahamba
European Countries React to Navalny's Death by Summoning Russian Diplomats
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
Israel has gone ‘beyond self-defence’ in Gaza, says Labour’s Streeting
Ramblin' Rose
English farmers to be offered ‘largest ever’ grant scheme amid food security concerns
Protoje - Who Knows ft. Chronixx
Cameron government knew Post Office ditched Horizon IT investigation
Pressure - Virgin Islands Nice
EU Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Conflict
Phil Wickham - House Of The Lord
EU Vows To Hold Putin "Accountable" After Meeting Alexei Navalny's Wife
My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
EU Launches Probe Into TikTok Over Child Protection Under Digital Content Law
The Lion King Circle of Life by LEBO M. — LIVE at the HAVASI Symphonic
The EU Initiates Naval Mission to Defend Red Sea Trade Routes
Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In
EU and UK Announce Joint Effort on Migration
Kanye West Sunday Service - hallelujah, salvation, and glory
Brazil's Lula Likens Gaza Operation to Holocaust, Israel Says "Red Line" Crossed
Jonathan Nelson - I Believe (Island Medley
Ministers Confirm Proposal to Prohibit Mobile Phone Usage in English Schools
From The Virgin Islands Sqad Up
Microsoft-backed OpenAI valued at $80bn after company completes deal
Common, John Legend - Glory
‘Alexei would want to tell Russia not to give up fighting’
Anthony Evans vs. Jesse Campbell - If I Ain't Got You
Rwandan Footballer's Dismissal Sparks Concerns Over UK Asylum Plan
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
Whisky Challenges China's Baijiu Market During New Year Celebrations
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Avdiivka - Symbol Of Ukrainian Resistance Now In Control Of Russian Troops
BVI Freedom Song
Putin Critic Alexei Navalny's "Killers" Refusing To Hand Over Body, Say Allies
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
"Historic Step": Zelensky Signs Security Pact With Germany
VIRGIN ISLANDS REGGAE CARIBBEAN RIDDIMZ
"Historic Step": Zelensky Signs Security Pact With Germany
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
20 Tech Giants Sign Effort To Fight AI Election Interference Across Globe
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
Joe Biden Accuses Putin of Causing Navalny's Death
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has died at the Arctic prison colony
Hello Dolly
Tucker Carlson grocery shopping in Russia. This is so interesting.
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Julian Assange's Wife Warns of His Death if Extradited to US
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
‘A lot higher than we expected’: Russian arms production worries Europe’s war planners
Yes He Can
Greece Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Rights
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Hungarian Foreign Minister: Europeans will lose Europe, the Union's policy must change drastically
Unforgettable
In Britain Homeowners are receiving CPO’s (Compulsory Purchase Orders) so their homes can be redistributed to migrants
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
Microsoft says it caught hackers from China, Russia and Iran using its AI tools
The Lord's Prayer
Influencers Exploit X Platform for Profit Amidst Israel-Gaza Conflict
THE GOD MOVEMENT...BEAUTIFUL BVI
Former Dutch PM And Wife Die "Together Hand In Hand" Via Duo Euthanasia
Siyahamba
Media Giant Paramount Global, Which Owns CBS News, To Cut 800 Jobs
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
×