Autumn Veatch in Bellingham, Wash.
Sierra Lundy—AP
July 16, 2015 8:39 PM EDT

The “miracle” teenager found alive days after a plane crash in the wilderness of Washington state told NBC News that she has a newfound respect for life.

Autumn Veatch, 16, was aboard a small plane flying from Montana to Washington with her step-grandparents when the aircraft crashed into a remote area in the northern part of the state.

Veatch was the sole survivor of the crash and fought her way from the burning wreckage and through dense woods for more than two days before she was found by hikers on Monday.

The teenager shared her dramatic story of survival with NBC…

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