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The son who survived the plane crash that killed his parents has a “50/50” chance of survival


Riley stephens


Montana man is fighting for his life after suffering burns to 70 percent of his body during a plane crash that killed his parents.

Although he has undergone several surgeries for his injuries, doctors believe Riley Stephens’ “odds of survival are 50/50,” according to a CaringBridge page put in place to document its condition.

“The family were advised to take each day as they go,” read a Monday newspaper. “If he survives this week, he will have a long recovery journey ahead of him (at least 3 months).”

Riley is the sole survivor of a plane crash that occurred in Billings, MT on Sunday night just before 7:30 p.m. local time. His parents, Rob and Pam Stephens, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Riley stephens

Riley stephens

Aeronautical mission Riley stephens

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After the accident, Riley was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to the University of Utah burn center in Salt Lake City, where he was placed in a medically induced coma, according to his CaringBridge page.

Within days, Riley underwent two debridement procedures for her hands, chest and legs. He is due to have another surgery on Friday.

“He had an MRI last night to check for any injuries to his spine or neck, but it was all clear, so his neck brace was removed,” reads a newspaper dated Wednesday. “The doctor still puts Riley’s odds at 50/50.”

In the midst of his convalescence, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to support Riley. By Thursday night, he had raised over $ 45,000.

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Riley is a certified flight instructor for Aeronautical missions, a Billings-based flight school owned by his parents.

“Riley, a native of Montana, has been flying since the age of 15. After graduating from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2018, Riley returned to Montana to pursue his career in aviation,” reads -on in his biography. “Since then, he has aggressively built his experience and his qualifications. “

Her father, Rob, had been a professional airline pilot for over 30 years and had retained his status as a certified flight instructor, according to the website.

Rob and Pam Stephens

Rob and Pam Stephens

Aeronautical mission Rob and Pam Stephens

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It is not known who was flying the plane at the time of the crash. The cause of the accident under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Zena Dell Lowe, spokesperson for the Stephens family, once remarked on Riley’s CaringBridge page that he was “even alive, it’s a miracle – not the wrong kind, but the real one.”

“No one should have survived this crash,” she wrote. “Overall, we remain positive and look forward to a full recovery for Riley. The outpouring of love and support from so many has made our faith even stronger.”