Teen plane crash survivor opens up about trying to save her grandparents

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The teen who survived a plane crash in the mountains of Washington State and a two days in the wilderness is now sharing her remarkable story of survival in a series of new interviews.

16-year-old Autumn Veatch was flying in an airplane for the second time in her life when her step-grandparents aircraft crashed into the mountains. Her grandparents both died, but somehow Veatch managed to make it out alive with only a burned hand and a few scratches and bruises.

"I got out. There was fire. That's how my face got burned. My hair was burning," she told CNN. "My immediate response was to go and try to help them out. Because they were alive. They were alive. They were both screaming."

"I was trying to pull him out and I just couldn't do it. There was a lot of fire. And I am a small person."

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Teen plane crash survivor opens up about trying to save her grandparents
This May 9, 2015 photo provided by Sierra Lundy shows Autumn Veatch in Bellingham, Wash. The 16 year old survived a small plane crash on Saturday, July 11, 2015 wandering in a mountainous area for several days before being picked up by a motorist and taken to a local hospital on Monday, July 13, 2015. Her step-grandfather, who was piloting the plane, and his wife did not survive the crash. (Sierra Lundy via AP)
This May 9, 2015 photo provided by Sierra Lundy shows Autumn Veatch in Bellingham, Wash. The 16 year old survived a small plane crash on Saturday, July 11, 2015 wandering in a mountainous area for several days before being picked up by a motorist and taken to a local hospital on Monday, July 13, 2015. Her step-grandfather, who was piloting the plane, and his wife did not survive the crash. (Sierra Lundy via AP)
Newton Goss, 16, holds his phone Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash., that has a photo of his girlfriend,Autumn Veatch, 16, on it that was taken of her wearing an aviation headset Saturday, July 11, 2015, the day she left on a flight with her step-grandparents that crashed, leaving her as the only survivor. Veatch was picked up by a motorist Monday after walking out of the rugged and remote crash site, but the search for the plane continued Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
In this undated photo provided by Newton Goss, Goss' girlfriend, Autumn Veatch plays a guitar. Veatch was a passenger on a plane that crashed Saturday, July 11, 2015, with two other people on board. She survived and was picked up by a motorist Monday after walking out of the rugged and remote crash site. (Newton Goss via AP)
In this undated photo provided by Newton Goss, Goss, right, takes a photo with his girlfriend, Autumn Veatch, left. Veatch was a passenger on a plane that crashed Saturday, July 11, 2015, with two other people on board. She survived and was picked up by a motorist Monday after walking out of the rugged and remote crash site. (Newton Goss via AP)
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"It was just clouds, and then it was trees, and then it was fire," she told CBS News. "I have no idea how I got out, but I mean, I was just packed full of adrenaline and just got out super fast."

Following lessons she learned from survival TV shows, Veatch found a river and followed it. After two days alone she found a highway.

"You know, I probably looked pretty messed up, so nobody stopped," she said. "I was out there for an hour and nobody would stop."

Eventually two hikers found the teen and brought her to a general store where she dialed 9-1-1.

Veatch was brought to the hospital where she was treated for burns and reunited with her father, who described his daughter as a hero.

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