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'Miracle' Proclaimed After Only One Dies In Colombian Jet Crash

The wreckage of the Aires jet

The wreckage of the Aires jet

Officials in Colombia are calling it a "miracle" after only one person died when an airliner carrying around 130 passengers and crew crash-landed and broke into pieces.

The Boeing 737 crash-landed on August 16 on Colombia's resort island of San Andres during a lightning storm.

The jet's fuselage fractured and broke into at least three parts on impact, scattering wreckage across the runway.

Officials said only one person, an elderly woman, died in the wreck, apparently from a heart attack.

The number of injured in the incident, however, has been put at some 120, five with serious injuries.

Investigators say they are probing reports that the jet, operated by the Colombian carrier Aires, may have been hit by lightning before the crash.

The jet, which had flown from the Colombian capital, Bogota, was reported carrying at least 16 foreigners, including from France, Brazil, the United States and Costa Rica.

compiled from agency reports