The plane, a Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV, was piloted by the child’s father, the Colombian doctor Fabio Grandas Ramirez. In addition to his son, he also had his wife Mayerly Diaz Rojas and the nanny Nuris Maza on board. The plane ran into problems en route from Santa Marta to Guaymaral for unknown causes and sent out a distress signal. The plane crashed in the province of Ubaté in the north of the country, various Colombian media reports.
The three adults were killed. Rescue workers found the child in his mother’s arms. He was taken to hospital in Bogota with head, chest and abdomen injuries. Local media report that his condition is ‘stable’.
The death of the family of doctors has hit Colombia hard. Known for his work as a transplant surgeon, Grandas volunteered with Civic Air Patrol for 12 years, serving as a flying doctor. In condolences, Grandas is remembered as “an angel who has wings today because his help has changed the lives of many people.”