Search crews find plane wreckage; survivor returns home

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Search crews located, but have not reached, the wreckage of a Lynden-bound plane as the sole survivor of the crash returned home after her ordeal.


Quick Facts:

  • Autumn Veatch released from hospital Tuesday
  • Missing plane located but not reached by crews
  • Veatch says her grandparents didn't survive crash
  • She had relatively minor injuries

The wreckage was located Tuesday in the general area where 16-year-old Bellingham girl Autumn Veatch emerged from the woods Monday near Mazama.

Veatch was released from the Brewster hospital Tuesday afternoon and was driven back home with a police escort.

After hiking through wilderness for two days to get help, she told a 911 dispatcher her step-grandparents didn't survive Saturday's crash.

She had relatively minor injuries.

Her friends said they knew Veatch wouldn't give up.

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"I knew she was strong-willed. She's been through a lot and I've known that she's just a really strong person. She's resilient," said Newton Goss.

Crews were  unable to reach the crash site Tuesday night and have no identification of either the plane or the two remaining occupants.

The operation to reach the crash site will resume Wednesday morning. 

Veatch had been flying from Kalispell, Montana to Lynden with her step-grandparents Leland and Sharon Bowman.