الجمعة , مايو 21 2021

US girl hikes to safety after crash

David Veatch speaks to the media outside the hospital where his daughter Autumn is being treated

Autumn’s father, David, (centre) speaks to the media outside the hospital where she is being treated

A 16-year-old girl has been found after hiking to safety from the scene of a plane crash in a mountainous area of the north-western US.

Autumn Veatch had been on a small plane with her step-grandparents which crashed in the North Cascades National Park in Washington state.

She is being treated in hospital, but has no life-threatening injuries.

It is not known what happened to Autumn’s step-grandparents, whom she attempted to pull from the wreckage.

Autumn’s father, David, told reporters outside a hospital in the town of Brewster that his daughter was exhausted, but doing remarkably well.

She was able to joke with him about all the survival shows they watched together on television, he said, the Associated Press news agency reports.

“She’s just an amazing kid,” he said. “There’s more to her than she knows.”

Autumn left the scene of the crash after a day and followed the river, via a trail, downstream to the nearest road, family friend Santina Lampman told the Seattle Times.

A passing motorist then took her to the town of Mazama, where she received medical attention before being taken to hospital.

Doctors say she is suffering from dehydration and a treatable kind of muscle tissue breakdown caused by exercise without food or water, but that she is expected to make a full recovery.

Navy helicopters attempted to search for the wreckage until late on Monday night, but it has not yet been found.

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