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    Miracle girl walks away from plane crash

    ITN 2007

    A 12-year-old American girl has survived a plane crash in Panama that killed three other people on board.

    Michael Klein, his 13-year-old daughter, Talia, and Panamanian pilot Edwin Lasso were killed when their Cessna light aircraft crashed in a mountainous area of dense forest after the plane disappeared from radar screens on Sunday.

    Francesca Lewis suffered broken bones and hypothermia, but was not found until Chrstmas Day.

    "It's a miracle the girl survived because the plane was smashed to pieces," said Roberto Velasquez, head of the government civil protection agency. He said her condition was stable.

    The plane went down during bad weather near the town of Las Ovejas, 210 miles west of the capital. Authorities have yet to establish an official cause of the crash.

    Mr Klein and the two girls were in Panama vacationing at the businessman's private island in the Gulf of Chiriqui. The 37-year-old from Santa Barbara, California, was chief executive of US hedge fund Pacificor.

    Klein had founded two software companies in the 1990s before heading e-mail service company eGroups, which Yahoo! purchased in 2000 for 225 million, according to the Pacificor Web site.