They will try again early Wednesday. The man called police before handing Autumn the phone.
The girl was released from Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster on Tuesday evening, hospital spokeswoman Melanie Neddo confirmed.
The Beech A-35 left Kalispell, Montana, about 1 p.m. PDT Saturday, headed for Lynden, Washington.
Veach says the plane struck the side of a mountain and caught fire after exiting clouds.
Veatch: “Yeah. The only one that survived.”
911 operator: “Are you injured at all?”
“I hope everybody’s safe”, said David Veatch, father of the missing 16-year-old. “I have a 16-year-old son myself”. She drank small amounts of water but was afraid she would get sick if she drank more. At right is Autumn’s friend Chelsey Clark. Not surprisingly, she is exhausted from her ordeal and is spending the bulk of her time sleeping right now, according to Dr. James Wallace. “She’s 16, and [for] anybody at that age … it’s absolutely wonderful to see her in good spirits”. Autumn and her dad commented about watching the survivor reality television shows and how much it paid off. Officials, and family are calling this nothing short of a miracle for the 16 year old. “Maybe now she’ll believe it”.
The last cellphone signal from one of the plane’s occupants was detected just before 4 p.m. Saturday near Omak.
“We’re just impressed”, Okanogan County (Washington) Sheriff Frank Rogers told ABC News.
“She had burns to her hands and was obviously scraped and bruised”, Thomas said.
Rogers said Veatch appeared to be understandably shaken up, but was able to talk to investigators about what happened.
The girl found a creek and followed it.
She remained at the crash site for a day before she decided to hike down, eventually finding a trail leading to the trailhead on Highway 20. She managed to reach Highway 20, where she was spotted and picked up by motorists.
The girl was taken to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, the sheriff said.
Rogers told CNN affiliate KCPQ that Autumn’s survival was miraculous.
Veatch declared his daughter’s survival only strengthens his belief in God.
“She’s just excited to be home”, said Newton Goss, Veatch’s boyfriend.
Scott Graham, CEO of Three Rivers Hospital, said that Autumn was dehydrated and she developed a muscle disorder known as rhabdomyolysis.
“Autumn’s doing very well”.
She’d also suffered bruising and cuts in the crash, and burns from trying to rescue her step-grandparents from the wreckage.
LeDuc said Veatch didn’t elaborate on the condition of her grandparents after the crash, only saying she had to leave them and the wreckage to find help. David said that she waited for rescuers to come near the crash site.
According to Autumn’s mother, Misty Dawn Bowman, Autumn’s step-grandparents were also aboard the flight and had probably not survived the unfortunate crash. The plane was on fire. “There’s more to her than she knows”.
Search crews have been tasked with locating the plane and what is presumed to be the bodies of the Bowman’s.
Col. Jeffrey Lustick of the Civil Air Patrol tells KHQ that weather may have played a role in the plane’s disappearance.
The crash claimed the lives of the other two people on the plane: Sharon and Leland Bowman of Marion, near Kalispell.