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Uncertainty over the fate of four children, including one who went missing in the forest more than 15 days after the plane crash

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The children, from the Uitoto indigenous community, went missing in the Colombian Amazon after their plane crashed in early May.

Where are the four children? Colombian President Gustavo Pedro announced on Twitter on Wednesday, May 18, the rescue of four children, including an 11-month-old baby, who went missing in the Colombian Amazon after their plane crashed in early May and was returned Thursday. Indicates continuity “doesn’t rest” Doing research. “I have decided to delete the tweet as I could not confirm the information provided (…). I am sorry for what happened“, he wrote.

“Joy to the Country”, He announced Wednesday evening that four children, ages thirteen, nine, four, and an 11-month-old had been rescued, and we hadn’t heard from the small plane crash on May 1. The Cessna 206 disappeared from radar near his destination of San Jose del Guaviere (Colombia). He stood upright, even with his nose pressed to the ground amidst the thick vegetation.

This photo released by the Colombian military shows a plane crash in the jungle in a rural area of ​​the municipality of Solano, Colombia on May 16, 2023.

The children’s mother is dead

Three bodies were recovered by emergency services, the pilot, the children’s mother and the leader of the Uidoto tribal community, who were among the passengers. They were the only adults on board. Hopes of finding the children alive were maintained on Tuesday after personal effects, including a bottle, and partially eaten fruit were found near the plane.

The Air Force is involved in a rescue mission called “HOPE” with three helicopters. On a plane, a loudspeaker “Capable of covering an area of ​​about 1,500 meters” Plays a message recorded by the children’s grandmother. In the Uitoto language, the woman tells her grandchildren that she needs them and asks them to stay where they are so rescuers can find them. According to Colombia’s National Indigenous Organization (ONIC), the Uitoto live “in harmony” in the forest and maintain traditions such as hunting, fishing and gathering wild fruits.

The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. According to Civil Defense, the pilot had reported engine trouble before the plane disappeared from radar.

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