Toddler found alive in plane wreckage

A 3-year-old girl found alive in the upside-down wreckage of an airplane survived because she was strapped in a car seat, rescuers said. They said they knew she was OK when she cried for her teddy bear.

Sunday’s crash killed Kate Williams’ pilot-grandfather, Allen D. Williams, 65, and another passenger, authorities said.

The plane was found nose down and flipped over in the icy water at the edge of a riverbank in the rugged mountains of southeast British Columbia.

“What saved her life was being strapped into that car seat,” said Mike Plonka, a member of Golden’s search-and-rescue team. “You could see that she was very scared. Her big concern at the time was her little teddy bear. She didn’t want to leave without it. …”

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