The four children that went missing after their plane crashed in Colombia’s jungle on May 1st were found alive on Friday, according to an official announcement of the Colombian Army.
Plane crashed in jungle of Colombia
The plane – a Cessna 206 – was carrying seven people on a route between Araracuara, in Amazonas province, and San Jose del Guaviare, a city in Guaviare province, when it issued a Mayday alert due to engine failure in the early hours of May 1 .
Three adults, including the pilot, died as a result of the crash and their bodies were found inside the plane. One of the dead adults, Ranoque Mucutuy, was the mother of the four children aged 13, 9 and 4, as well as an 11-month-old baby, who survived the impact.
The family are from the Huitoto people, an indigenous group in south-eastern Colombia and northern Peru. The children are under the care of the ICBF authorities, reports Colombia One, a Colombian news site.
Missing Children Survive Forty Days in Colombia’s Jungle
It has been a herculean effort from the part of Colombian authorities who never lost hope and used every tool possible to look for the four children in one of Colombia’s most remote territories. The army often dropped food packages and other necessary survival materials where the children where believed to be roaming after the crash. It is yet unknown how the four children, who have been transferred to the city of Villavicencio for medical evaluation, survived all this time alone in the dangerous jungle.