Treharne - 3 year old survives plane crash
3-Year-Old Survives Plane Crash o Moss a K E R R V I L L E , Texas ( A P ) - A 3-year-old girl, trapped for 35 hours in the wreckage of a small plane with the bodies of her parents and brother, was rescued Tuesday by searchers who found her "mumbling and groaning." Rescuers unstrapped Shcra Sneed from Ibe back seat of the plane, which had crashed on an 1,800-foot hill about 50 miles northwest of San Antonio, and took her to a nearby hospital where doctors found she had a fractured arm and leg. The plane had been spotted Tuesday morning by a helicopter, and a rescue team headed for the site in four-wheel drive vehicles. The searchers also found the bodies of Siera's father, San Antonio attorney Gerald Wayne Sneed, 33, her mother, Susan Parr Sneed, 32, and Shannon, her 5-year-old brother. The family had been returning home from a visit to Shera's grandparents. "Shera was just mumbling and groaning when we got there," said Dan Waters of First Texas Flying Service, a family friend and the first at the scene. "It was nothing you could understand. She had a few abrasions but other than that she looked pretty good." Waters said he tried to comfort the girl but she did not recognize him and apparently did not know what had happened. The plane crashed Sunday night during a persistent drizzle. Air traffic controllers in San Antonio had received a distress signal from a plane reporting that it was low on fuel and was attempting to reach the Kerrville airport. Spencer Treharne of the First Texas F l y i n g S e r v i c e said the plane apparently came within about 20 feet short of clearing the hill. On City Council's Agenda from 13th to 14th streets and for the and Eighth Street roads believed the "He knew the Kerrville airport and was trying to get in," Treharne said Sneed. "When the engine started to sputter he could not get in. The hill on the boundary of t h e ' airport might say." The crash site was three miles northeast of the airport. A i r r e s c u e e f f o r hampered by the rain and the aerial search had b e g u n only Tuesday rooming. Sheriff Paul Fields said the nose of the aircraft was buried in the loose dirt. Justice of the Peace Spencer Brown said Sneed'sJxHly was in the pilot's seat. Mrs. Sneed was in the seat next her husband's and their son was in back seat. "It was not like they hit the side the hill. They kind of almost skimmed over it. Like they were trying to land on the hill," Brown said. The Sneeds were on a flight from Winters, Texas. The family lived in Boerna, a rural community 25 miles northeast of San Antonio.