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Handout photo released on June 24, 2015 by the Aerial Combat Command Number 5 of the Colombian Air Force of a Red Cross member holding baby Yudier Moreno as he and his mother are transported on a helicopter to a hospital in Quibdo, |(AFP)

Bogota, Colombia (AFP)- A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of northwestern Colombia several days ago were found alive and well Wednesday in what authorities called a “miracle”.

Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, not yet one year old, were discovered 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,” he said of the baby.

Murillo and her son were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, said Carrascal, adding that he was stunned they were alive.