Colombian President Gustavo Petro celebrated, on social media, the discovery of four minors from an indigenous community after the crash, earlier this month, of a plane in the south of the country, which caused the death of three adults. However, the local newspaper “El Espectador” now cites military sources that deny that children aged 13, 11, four years and 11 months have been located.
“After arduous search efforts by our Armed Forces, we found the four children missing after a plane crashed in Guaviare alive. A joy for the country.” The words of Gustavo Petro, in a note issued through the social network Twitter, are generating controversy in Colombia. Authorities in the country guarantee that they have not found the minors and deny that family members are behind the rescue.
The regional director of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare reportedly informed the President that agency officials had contact with the children and that they only had minor injuries, so Gustavo Petro ordered the transfer of the rescue team to the area and published in his social networks ad. However, the entity did not have custody of the children, nor were those responsible sure of the information, since that data had been provided by another source.
The children had been missing for more than two weeks, since the plane crashed in the jungle in the Colombian region of Caquetá. The Cessna 206 was transporting seven people between Araracuara, in Amazonas, and San Jose del Guaviare, a city in Guaviare, when it issued a distress alert due to engine failure during the early hours of May 1st.
The local press is now saying that Colombian Armed Forces sources had no confirmation that the children had been found. So far, the version advanced by the press is that three adults, including the pilot, died as a result of the accident, and their bodies were found inside the plane, but that the children, aged 13, nine and four, as well like an 11-month-old baby, they will have survived the impact. Preliminary information transmitted by the civil aviation authority, which coordinated the rescue efforts, suggested that the minors escaped the plane and left for the forest in search of help.
Rescue teams, accompanied by search dogs, had already found fruit left behind that the children would have eaten to survive, as well as makeshift shelters made among the vegetation.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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