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