Father and daughter found in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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The father, 58, and their 13-year-old daughter were found alive seven hours after a small plane crash in a Pennsylvania jungle: Rescuers pinched her cellphone and her iPad

  • Father and daughter found in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
  • The Cessna 150H, which he was traveling, crashed around 6.30pm on Sunday
  • The US Air Force used pings from the father’s phone and his 13-year-old daughter’s iPad to track the crash survivor.
  • Rescuers took five hours to track down the father and daughter


A phone and iPad rescuer calls for a father and his 13-year-old daughter who survived a plane crash in rural Pennsylvania and were huddled in the woods seven hours later.

According to state police, the 1967 Cessna 150H, a fixed-wing single engine, took off from the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport on Sunday evening, briefly landing at Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, then on its way back to Mt. Pocono.

A plane carrying two people crashed in the forest of Luzerne County just after 6.30pm.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a public alert to public safety agencies to alert them of a plane that was lost after 7.30pm.

One of the survivors of Sunday’s plane crash in rural Pennsylvania was depicted loading into the back of an ambulance early Monday morning, after rescuers searched through roughly terrain using pings from their electronic devices.

A 58-year-old man and his 13-year-old daughter (pictured on a stretcher) suffer from hypothermia

A 58-year-old man and his 13-year-old daughter (pictured on a stretcher) suffer from hypothermia

Father and daughter Cessna 150H was the last take-off from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport on Sunday evening.

Father and daughter Cessna 150H was the last take-off from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport on Sunday evening.

The aircraft disappeared from radar after a rapid landing, the FAA said.

Authorities asked the US Air Force to assist in the search and they ping to locate the 58-year-old’s father’s cellphone and his 13-year-old daughter’s iPad.

State troopers set out to find a father and daughter at 9pm and it took them five more hours to track the crash survivors in the rough, rocky terrain of the swamp and rocky terrain.

The man and his daughter were found in the woods in Bear Creek Township suffering from injuries and hypothermia. Temperatures were down to 30 at night.

“It’s a miracle,” James Serafin, head of the Bear Creek volunteer hose company, told PAHomepage. ‘Those two guys are so lucky.’

State troopers took five hours to find survivors of the jungle accident

First responders described the father and daughter’s survival as a ‘miracle’

The two survivors were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown and their name has not been disclosed.

“I’ve been a state trooper for 28 years, and this is the first time I’ve had a plane crash like this, where somebody survived, two survived,” Sgt. John Richards of the Pennsylvania State Police told WNEP.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the plane crash.

Records indicate that Cessna was registered with the Pocono Mountain Flying Club.

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