In August 2011, Rosemarie Evans was two months pregnant when the plane she, her husband Donald, and their two children (Mckenzie, 8, and Donnie, 10) were flying in crashed in Alaska. The pilot of the six-seat Cessna 207 was killed. So was the woman, a school teacher named Julia Walker, who sat next to Donald. The plane snapped in half on the mountainside at impact. All of the Evans were badly injured but survived the crash.
They had to wait in the Alaskan wilderness for help for 15 hours. In a foggy rain, throughout the night, the family listened to wolves howling. They were terrified that they wouldn’t make it. They were found and it was a long recovery with many surgeries but they have made it, including Rosemarie’s baby who was later named Willow. The Evans tell their story of survival on In an Instant (May 23, 9pm on ABC).
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