WALTON, Ore. — A whimpering 2-year-old was found buckled in her seat, shielded by a body, in the wreckage of small plane that crashed in heavy fog, killing her father, grandmother and another adult, officials said today.
The girl, Aubrey Holst, was in serious condition at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene with broken arms, spinal bruises and possible internal injuries after the Cessna 180 went down in heavily wooded coastal mountains Wednesday.
Lane County Sheriff Dave Burks called the child's survival "a small miracle."
Killed were her pilot father, Carson Holst, 32; his mother, Anna Holst, 63, and Darlinda Sue Taylor, 27, whose relationship to the others was not immediately known.
The plane had left Oakridge, where the Holsts live, at 9 a.m. for Florence. Authorities picked up a signal from an emergency locater transmitter on the downed plane, and a search helicopter found the wreckage about 4 p.m.