'Miraculous' Crash Survivor Doing Well

Teen has no serious injuries after Panama plane accident
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2007 5:23 PM CST
The parents of plane crash survivor Francesca Lewis, Valerie and Kirk Lewis, wait for news in the town of Boquete west of Panama City, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed a California businessman and his daughter in Panama is conscious and talking, CNN reports. Francesca Lewis, 13, who survived not only the crash but two days of frigid temperatures before being rescued, has a fractured arm but no life-threatening injuries. "So far things seem good—kind of miraculous," said her mom.

Rescuers found a disoriented Francesca underneath a wing of the plane and carried her over mountainous terrain on a stretcher for three hours. "The fact that she so far doesn't seem to have any major damage seems incredible," said mom Valerie. The single-engine plane crashed Sunday in bad weather, killing hedge fund owner Michael Klien, his daugter Talia, and pilot Edwin Lasso.