Teenage girl survives plane crash and walks for days to safety

Girl eventually picked up by motorist

Teen Girl Survives Plane Crash, Walks Two Days Through Woods to Safety
Teenager Autumn Veatch survived two days in the woods after a small plane she was travelling in crashed near Mazama in the US state of Washington.

Veatch, 16, was flying in a small plane with her step-grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, reports the Huffington Post.

Autumn's father, David Veatch, told local news that the plane flew into some clouds then crashed into the side of a mountain. Both grandparents died in the crash.

Crews had been searching for the plane with three aboard after it failed to reach its destination. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Monday afternoon that the girl managed to walk to a trailhead, where she was picked up by a motorist and brought to a store in Mazama.

The girl had been "walking for a couple of days," Rogers said. She was being taken to a local hospital and she seemed to be in stable condition, he said.

"We're not going into the status of the grandparents. She was the only one who walked out," Rogers told The Associated Press. "She just said they came out of the clouds, and it crashed."


Family members had raised the alarm the same day when the trio, who had set off in a small Beech A-35 plane from Kalispell, Montana, failed to arrive at their intended destination of Lynden, Washington at the expected time of 4pm.

Serena Lockwood, the manager at the Mazama store, said the girl and a motorist came in on Monday afternoon, saying she had been in a plane crash. "She was obviously pretty traumatised," Lockwood said.

The teen had walked through "some of the toughest mountainous terrain in the state," Civil Air Patrol spokeswoman Julie DeBardelaben said.