Mother and baby survive plane crash in Colombia jungle

A rescue worker helping plane crash victim Nelly Murillo after her rescue in Quibdo, Colombia, on June 24, 2015.
A rescue worker helping plane crash victim Nelly Murillo after her rescue in Quibdo, Colombia, on June 24, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

BOGOTA (AFP) - A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of north-western Colombia several days ago were found alive and well on Wednesday in what authorities called a "miracle."

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

"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 that 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.

The plane was traveling between Nuqui and Quibdo in north-west Colombia when it crashed.

Investigators were looking at the cause.