27-year-old Marine Austin Anderson is being hailed as a hero this week after he pulled Hannah Luce, 22, from the wreckage of a burning airplane crash, he then walked with her to a nearby road to find help.
Hannah is listed in stable but serious condition in a Kansas City hospital after suffering burns on 28 percent of her body, while Anderson died a short time after rescuing the young lady from the fiery crash.
According to Hannah’s father Ron luce:
“While we’re thankful for this miracle of Hannah, we are truly grieving with all these parents.
Hannah boarded the eight-seater twin-engine Cessna 401 plane with three friends before heading to a Christian youth rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, an event called Acquire the Fire which was organized by her father.
During take off from a Tulsa airport something went wrong with the plane which landed in a field, skidded nearly 200 feet and then smashed into several trees before exploding into flames.
Dying at the scene were 23-year-old pilot Luke Sheets, 29-year-old Garret Coble and 22-year-old Stephen Luth.
The pilot, 23-year-old Luke Sheets died at the scene, as did 29-year-old Garrett Coble and 22-year-old Stephen Luth.
Austin Anderson had completed two tours in Iraq and had just graduated from Oral Roberts University with Luce on May 5.
Doctors revealed that Anderson died in the hospital after suffering burns over 90 percent of his body.
A friend of Austin’s told ABC News:
“It would totally be like Austin’s character. He was such a tough guy, but once you got to know him he was so much a teddy bear.”
Ron Luce spoke about Anderson’s character with ABC News Kansas City affiliate KMBC:
“He served two tours in Iraq, and he was willing to give his life for his country. He was willing to give his life for a friend. He was always willing to go that extra mile.”
Hannah is expected to undergo skin grafts on Monday to help aid in the recovery of her burns.
The young girl was responsive and her father says while she acknowledged the burns she was just happy to be alive.