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SEATTLE — A 16-year-old girl told a 911 dispatcher “I was the only one that survived” after the small plane she was a passenger in crashed in the mountains of Washington state. Autumn Veatch was picked up by a driver Monday after she hiked through a thick forest to safety.

In the 911 call released by authorities Tuesday, Veatch told the dispatcher she had been flying from Kalsispell, Montana, to Bellingham, Washington.

Veatch said she had “a lot of burns on my hands, and I’m like kind of covered in bruises and scratches.” Authorities say Veatch suffered no life-threatening injuries.

Veatch was travelling with her step-grandparents when the plane crashed Saturday. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said after talking to Veatch that Leland and Sharon Bowman of Marion, Montana, were killed.