All of Colombia has been holding its breath in recent days following the story of four children – ages 11 months, four, nine and 13, whose plane they were flying with their mother crashed in the Amazon. It is still not clear what happened to the four, and according to the updated estimates – they may have survived the crash, in which their mother, the pilot and the guide perished.
According to reports, Avianline Charters flight HK 280 was flying between Aracuera in the Amazon region and San Jose del Guaviar, a city in Guaviare, when it apparently suffered engine failure and crashed on May 1. Colombian forces found the wreckage on Tuesday along with the bodies of the pilot, the instructor and the children’s mother. But there was no trace of the four children.
On Wednesday, there seemed to be a breakthrough when Colombia’s president Gustavo Petro announced that the four children were found alive. But the report died down hours later when Petro deleted the tweet, admitting that the children had in fact not been found. “I decided to delete the tweet because the information provided by the ICBF (Colombian Institute for the Welfare of the Family) could not be confirmed,” Petro wrote. “I regret what happened. The military forces and the indigenous communities will continue their tireless search in order to give the country the news it is waiting for.”
A pair of scissors found at the scene (Photo: Reuters)
Dozens of military personnel, supported by natives from the nearby communities, conducted searches in the area where the plane crashed. The Colombians debated various finds in the search and whether they might be related to the children, including a baby bottle discovered one day and a pair of scissors found the next inside what appeared to be a makeshift shelter made of leaves. the children’s grandfather, Fidenzio Valencia He called the rescuers “not to give up because the children are still alive”.