Mother, baby survive jungle plane crash in Colombia

Miracle baby and mother survive five days in the Colombian jungle after plane crash.

CHOCO, COLOMBIA (JUNE 24, 2015) (COLOMBIAN AIR FORCE) – A young mother and her baby son, were found on Wednesday (June 24) virtually unscathed by a Colombian Air Force team after surviving a plane crash in a jungle area of the Choco western province, the military said.

The twin-engine Cessna 303 plane, which was carrying fish and coconuts, went down on Saturday (June 20) while flying between Quibdo, the departmental capital and Nuqui, a tourist resort on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, according to a statement from the Air Force.

It disappeared from radar 20 minutes into the flight, aviation authorities reported, and crashed for reasons not yet known.

From the moment the aircraft was reported missing, the Air Force begun a search and rescue operation covering the area where they last had contact with the pilot.

On Monday morning (June 22), rescuers from the Colombian Air Force and relief agencies found the aircraft and the lifeless body of the pilot in the cockpit.

After following the trail of the mother, who had left clues in the jungle, they found 18 year-old Maria Nelly Murillo alive with injuries and minor burns and her one-year-old son, Yudier Moreno, apparently unharmed. They were taken by helicopter by the Air Force to Quibdo to be treated in hospital.

They were located some 500 metres from the crash site in a ravine along a river bank.

Doctor Jasbleidy Moreno, said Murillo is stable.

“Right now, she is very stable, she is conscious, orientated. She is a patient with stable vital signs. We have begun to manage her recovery – her hydration, pain, antibiotics. Right now the surgeon is evaluating her burns, corresponding exams are being done and we hope that her recovery will be the most satisfactory,” Moreno said.

Paediatrician, Dr. Carlos Libreros, said the child appears to be in good health.

“The child came here a little dehydrated, but active, without any respiratory trouble, the lungs and heart, no fractures, the skull is good, the child is active,” Libreros said.

Air Force Commander, Juan Francisco Mosquera, said they never lost hope they would find Murillo after finding the cabin door open and clues, such as cell phones, a flip flop and the baby’s birth certificate in the jungle.

“We always hoped that she would appear because as the hours passed, we were finding trails that she was leaving. For example, the cell phones, the child’s belongings and really, we never lost hope that she would be found alive,” Mosquera said.

Local media reported Murillo had managed to open the cabin door and escape from the burning plane into the jungle. She then went back for her baby suffering burns to her face, an arm and leg.

Murillo managed to drink coconut water and water of the largest leaves of trees to remain hydrated in order to continue breastfeeding her baby. She said she decided to leave the crash site for fear of a possible explosion and started walking aimlessly, lost in the jungle, according to local media.

The woman tried to make several emergency calls from her cell to no avail as there was no signal in the jungle. She built a little roof to protect her and her baby from the rain came across a couple of indigenous people who helped her, local media reported.

The Air Force used a loud speakers from a helicopter asking Murillo to return to the crash site, so that they could find her.