16-year-old Autumn Veatch survives deadly plane crash, hiked in woods for 2 days
Rescuers are calling this a miracle: 16-year-old Autumn Veatch survived a plane crash that killed her step grandparents in north central Washington state.
She hiked through the thick forest for a couple of days before hitching a ride to safety.
Searchers still are looking for the wreckage, but Autumn Veatch says Leland and Sharon Bowman of Marion, Montana, died in Saturday’s crash, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, who spoke with the girl.
“She said they were flying in the clouds, and in an instant, it opened up and there was the mountain, and they crashed into the trees,” Rogers told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Veatch told authorities she stayed at the crash site for a day before deciding to hike down, eventually finding a trail and following it to the trailhead on a highway near the east entrance to North Cascades National Park.
A motorist picked her up Monday afternoon and drove her 30 miles east to a general store, where employees called 911.
Wow, this is as dramatic as that little girl who walked away from a plane crash that killed her family in January this year.