Devastating news hit Colombia on Tuesday when an AeroSucre cargo plane crashed just three minutes after takeoff, leaving five of its six crew members dead.
The deceased were identified by Noticias Caracol as Captain Jaime Cantillo, co-pilot Mauricio Guzmán, flight engineer Pedro Duarte, dispatcher Felipe Vargas and forklift operator Nelson David Rojas. The surviving crew member, flight technician Diego Armando Vargas Bravo, was taken to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to a hospital in Bogotá.
The crash happened at 5:23 p.m. local time, about 10 kilometers from German Olano Airport in Puerto Carreno. The plane, a Boeing 727, was headed to Bogotá.
The cause of the crash is still unknown, but a local resident on motorcycle captured video of the plane during takeoff at German Olano Airport. In the video, the plane seems unable to reach enough altitude to clear a wire fence surrounding the airport.
Sebastian is a young boy who was growing up in Colombia with no biological relatives. A program called Kidsave’s Summer Miracles connected Sebastian with the Barkey family for a summer. During that time, the family fell in love with Sebastian and they decided to secretly adopt him after the program ended and he flew back to Colombia.
The Barkey family fell in love with Sebastian after hosting him for a summer so they decided to adopt him.
The adoption was a true family affair. All of the Barkey children and their parents boarded a flight to Colombia to collect the newest member of their family. The reunion was caught on camera and it is a sweet and honest representation of modern families.
The moment Sebastian sees the Barkey family is an emotional experience for everyone in the room.
Sebastian is walked through the hallways of the adoption agency and led into a room with the family he has grown to love. He is immediately surrounded by the Barkey family who smothers him in hugs. The feeling of excitement and love is palpable from the video.
Sebastian even signed the adoption papers using his new last name: Barkey.
Congratulations, Sebastian. And well done, Barkey family. What a touching and sweet moment captured on camera.
It has been almost a week since Super Bowl LIV. Everyone was talking about the J.Lo and Shakira halftime show and the unapologetic Latin performance. Shakira’s appearance was arguably the most successful. Her single “Whenever, Wherever” reached the No. 1 spot on the charts and she created a viral TikTok dance challenge called #ChampetaChallenge.
It all started when Shakira posted a video teaching the choreography of her Super Bowl halftime show.
Champeta is a form of music and dance that originates from the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. It is traced back to people of African descent who lived in Cartagena before spreading in influence to Barranquilla.
Then, Shakira posted a behind-the-scenes video of her staff learning her halftime show dance.
Everyone looks like they are having so much fun learning this dance that it makes you want to give it a shot. Her video is captioned, “Directors, producers, cameramen,… all of them learning to dance Champeta. #ChampetaChallenge.” Smart.
With that behind-the-scenes video, the #ChampetaChallenge was born and soon found a home on TikTok.