[7/13/16] One Year Ago Today, Autumn Veatch Was Found Alive After Plane Crash

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One year ago today, 16-year old Autumn Veatch was found alive, along the side of a highway after surviving a plane crash in the wilderness near Mazama that killed her grandparents.

Her ordeal began on July 11th, 2015- when Autumn was a passenger in a small airplane with her step-grandparents, traveling from Kalispel Montana to Lynden Washington. The small Beech A-35 aircraft ran into weather-related trouble over the north cascade mountains and crashed before catching fire.

Autumn was able to escape the wreckage, and traversed thickly forested mountainous terrain for two days before making her way to civilization.

On July 13, 2015– one year ago today, Autumn was picked up by a pair about to set out for a hike at the Easy Pass Trailhead near Highway 20 and taken to the general store in Mazama where authorities were called.

Here is a portion of that 911 call….

Autumn was treated for dehydration and burns at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster – and two days later, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office search crews found the airplane wreckage and bodies of Leland Bowman and his wife, Sharon in the Rainy Pass area.