Autumn Veatch was the sole
Autumn Veatch was the sole survivor of the plane crashFacebook

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."