Thursday 19 October 2017

'I was the only one that made it out' - US teen makes dramatic 911 call after surviving plane crash

David Kearns

A 16-year-old girl presumed dead stunned her family and emergency services when she called to tell them she was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the United States.

Autumn Veatch made the dramatic 911 call after she managed to hike through the wilderness for two days to find a phone after a small plane she was in with her grandparents crashed into a mountain range in the state of Washington.

"I was the only one that made it out," the young teen told an emergency dispatcher.

The 16-year-old was missing presumed dead when the news came in that the plane she was in had crashed.

Having spent two days in the wild, she came across a highway and flagged down a driver who then took her 30 miles to a store, where she called 911.

Autumn Veatch recovering in hospital
Autumn Veatch recovering in hospital

In the call, she tells the controller how she was in a plane crash with her step-grandparents Leland and Sharon Bowman when it went down in the mountainous North Cascades National Park in Washington state over the weekend.

She said: "I was riding from Kalispell Montana to Bellingham Washington and about… I don't know where but we crashed and I was the only one that made it out.

The teen told the dispatcher that she had "a lot of burns on my hands, and I'm kind of covered in bruises and scratches."

After help arrived, she was taken to hospital where she then called her dad to let him know she was alive and well.

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