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Crash survivor leaves hospital

DAVID — A California girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash in Panama was released from a hospital Sunday but will remain with her parents in the Central American country for a few days and possibly meet some of her rescuers.

Francesca Lewis, 12, was plucked last Tuesday from the plane’s wreckage in Panama’s remote western mountains. Killed in the crash were Francesca’s friend Talia Klein, 13; Talia’s father, Michael Klein, 37, a prominent businessman from Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Panamanian pilot Edwin Lasso, 23.

The family plans to rest in Panama for a few days and possibly meet some of Francesca’s rescuers before returning to their home in Santa Barbara later this week, said her father, Kirk Lewis.

From wire dispatches and staff reports