A father and his teenage daughter were found alive in the woods in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania after their small plane crashed Sunday night.
The father was piloting the plane that had taken off from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Sunday night when the plane disappeared from radar after a rapid descent according to the FAA.
Pennsylvania State Police say the 58-year-old father and his 13-year-old daughter were found alive after search crews spent nearly five hours looking for the plane that was reported down around 7:30 p.m. in Bear Creek Township.
The United States Air Force assisted in the search and was able to ping the dad’s phone and the girl’s iPad, which led them directly to the crash site.
Emergency crews found the father and daughter huddled together in what police described as a pre-hypothermic state.
“The daughter saves both of them by using her iPad and her dad was cuddling the daughter to give her warmth because they were both exposed to the elements and were suffering from hypothermia at the time,” Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. John said.
John added that in his 28 years of service he had never seen a plane crash of this degree end this way. He called it a miracle.
“They were very scared at first. Dad was extremely scared when I first approached thinking there was an animal or something approaching his daughter,” said Sgt. Richards. “We explained who we were and that we were there to help. And immediately they start talking to us and were cooperative the whole way. They helped us every which way they could.”
Both were taken to a hospital, their names have not been released but both were in stable condition.
The FAA is looking into the cause of the crash.