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An uplifting story has [propped / popped] up in our news feeds. Four children who were missing and [afraid / feared] dead after a plane crash a month ago have been found alive and [good / well] . The siblings, aged 13, nine, four and a one-year-old baby, were on a plane that crashed [in / on] the Amazon jungle in Colombia on May the first. The children's mother, the pilot and co-pilot [perished / impoverished] in the crash. Before the plane disappeared, the pilot issued [a / the] mayday alert, citing engine failure. Moments [late / later] , it disappeared from radar [screens / screen] . The children had been missing for 40 days when members of Colombia's military [fund / found] them. A news agency said people from the Huitoto indigenous group in the jungle [aided / abetted] the soldiers' search.

Colombia's President Gustavo Petro said news of the children's [discover / discovery] was "a [joy / joyous] for the whole country" and a "magical day". He added: "They were alone. They themselves [accomplishment / accomplished] an example of total survival [which / what] will remain in history. These children are today the children of peace and the children of Colombia." Colombia's Civil Aviation Authority issued a [state / statement] regarding how the children survived. It [beliefs / believes] the siblings escaped the wreckage and [trudged / fudged] through the jungle in search [on / of] help. The children belong to the Huitoto group. Their knowledge of [what / that] is edible in the jungle and their experience of the [terrain / terrene] probably gave them a better chance of survival.

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