Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old girl who survived a plane crash and then hiked through dense forest for two days to get help, has left the hospital.
Autumn is the sole survivor of the fatal crash, which claimed the lives of her step-grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, according to KING5. Though their bodies have not yet been recovered, the teen told investigators that they were trapped inside the burning wreckage of the Beech A-35 and did not survive.
The downed plane was finally located on late Tuesday after days of searching, NBC News reports. Search teams were not able to reach the crash site before the search ended for the night, but are expected to begin recovery efforts on Wednesday.
Miraculously, Autumn walked away from the crash with no life-threatening injuries. A driver spotted her on Monday afternoon near a trailhead in North Cascades National Park in Washington State and picked her up.
She was admitted to Three Rivers hospital that night, where she was treated mainly for dehydration, and released on Tuesday evening.
Now, Autumn is helping investigators figure out what went wrong on the flight, which took off from Kalispell, Montana, on Saturday afternoon and disappeared from radar near Omak, Washington, later that day.
“The report that we’re getting from the survivor was that at some point during the flight the clouds came in and the pilot lost visual contact with the terrain and the aircraft collided with the mountain,” said Jeffery Lustick with Civil Air Patrol. “To have a survivor come through this is… it’s just a miracle.”
And he’s not the only one who’s impressed. “She’s kinda like a super hero,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. “Just amazing us what she went through, especially at 16. Enough for an adult, but at 16, its pretty impressive.”
Added Autumn’s dad David Veatch, who treated her to McDonald’s at the hospital: “She’s just an amazing kid There’s more to her than she knows.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up in Autumn’s name for those who wish to donate.