Autumn Veatch was the sole
Autumn Veatch was the sole survivor of the plane crash (Facebook)

Teenage girl Autumn Veatch, 16, was found alive and well on 13 July after surviving a plane crash in a northern Washington state.

The Beech A-35 light plane is believed to have crashed into a mountain on Saturday (11 July) after emerging from clouds. Also on board the plane were Veatch's two step-grandparents. Their fate is not known, but it is believed they may have died.

Veatch reportedly spent a day by the plane waiting for rescue, unable to remove her grandparents from the wreckage. She then trekked through the woods for a couple of days before finding an exit trail, and being picked up by a motorist.

The teen, who was said to be "obviously pretty traumatized", is now helping rescue teams to trace the wreckage of the plane which went down mid-flight from Kalispell, Montana to Lynden in Washington.

Lieutenent Colonel Jeffrey Lustick, of the Civil Air Patrol said: "We're so happy about this. I've spent 30 years in the Civil Air Patrol and in search-and-rescue. Moments of joy like this can be hard to find."