Officials in Colombia say four children missing since their plane crashed in the jungle have been found alive and well more than two weeks later. Their mother and the other adults were killed in the crash. The government's child welfare agency, ICBF, said it had received information "from the field" that the children had been found in good health. A pilot said he had also been told the children had been found by indigenous people deep in the rainforest. Soldiers taking part in the search, however, have yet to see the children for themselves.
The Cessna 206 light aircraft they had been in was flying from Araracuara, deep in the Amazon jungle in southern Colombia, to San José del Guaviare, when it disappeared in the morning of 1 May. Its pilot had earlier reported engine problems. After a huge search effort involving more than 100 soldiers, the plane was finally located on Monday, two weeks after it had disappeared. The bodies of the pilot, the co-pilot and 33-year-old Magdalena Mucutuy, the mother of the four children, were found at the crash site in Caquetá province.
But the children, who are aged 13. nine and four years, as well as an 11-month-old baby, were nowhere to be found. The search teams have, however, found clues indicating that the children, who are from the Huitoto indigenous group, survived the crash. Sniffer dogs came across a child's drinking bottle, a pair of scissors, a hair tie and some half-eaten fruit. The search teams also found an improvised shelter made from sticks and branches.
plane crash 飞机失事，空难;
reportedly /rɪˈpɔːrtɪdli/ adv. 据报道;据传闻;
jungle /ˈdʒʌŋɡ(ə)l/ n.(热带)丛林，密林;
missing /ˈmɪsɪŋ/ adj.(人)失踪的，下落不明的;
crash /kræʃ/ vt. 碰撞;撞击;
well /wel/ adj. 健康的;身体好的;
welfare/ˈwelfer/ adj. 福利的;接受社会救济的;
in good health 健康状况良好;
pilot /ˈpaɪlət/ n. 飞行员;(飞行器)驾驶员;
indigenous /ɪnˈdɪdʒənəs/ adj. 本土的，固有的;
rainforest /ˈreɪnfɔːrɪst/ n.(热带)雨林;
soldier /ˈsoʊldʒər/ n. [军]士兵;
Cessna n. 赛斯纳(美国飞机公司);
light aircraft [航] 轻型飞机;
Araracuara n. 阿拉拉夸拉;
Amazon jungle 亚马逊丛林;