Plane crash survivor, Autumn Veatch, is alive and well after a small plane that she was riding in crashed in Washington State. According to The Guardian, Veatch was with her step-grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, traveling on a Beech A-35 aircraft when trouble emerged on Saturday.
Family members called police when the flight from Montana to Washington didn’t arrive. Believing that something had happened to the plane, search and rescue crews set out to locate the plane, and the three people on board. The search area was set up outside the North Cascades National Park, but there were no signs of either a wreckage or life.
Little did authorities know, there was a plane crash survivor. Autumn Veatch, 16, ended up walking for “a couple of days” in what is being called “thickly forested” mountainous area. On Monday afternoon, Veatch was picked up by a motorist in the area. She was taken to a general store in Mazama, about 30 miles away, and paramedics were called to the scene. She was then taken to a nearby hospital.
“Our initial information is she sustained no life-threatening injuries and is somewhat dehydrated due to being out in the elements,” said Scott Graham, chief executive officer at Three Rivers hospital.
Veatch’s father spoke about the incident and said his daughter told him that the plane crashed after going through a “bank of clouds.” The plane did catch fire, but Autumn somehow survived. She told her dad that she stayed near the plane for about a day before walking to find a trail, and hiking to Highway 20. Despite the information that Veatch was able to give authorities, the plane’s wreckage still hasn’t been located.
Plane crash survivor Autumn Veatch is lucky to be alive. Not only did she survive a terrifying crash, but she also managed to keep herself alive and get herself to safety, which is amazing given what had happened and the terrain that she was dealing with. According to Mail Online, Veatch’s father spoke to the media, saying that he didn’t know his daughter was on the plane until the reports came in that the plane was missing.
“I just, I had a bad feeling about it when they told me what was going on. I just, I really don’t like those smaller planes. I’ve been on them before. They’re scary. They don’t feel safe,” said David Veatch.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Autumn Veatch is listed in stable condition. There has not been any update on her grandparents at this time.
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