After plane crash, 7-year-old sole survivor hikes rough terrain to safety
The crash of a small plane in the Kentucky woods took the lives of a mother and father and their young daughter, along with a teenage cousin, state police said on Saturday.
The crash Friday night killed 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, his 45-year-old wife Kimberly Gutzler, their nine-year-old daughter Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, a cousin, according to Kentucky State Police. The family was from Nashville, Illinois, police said.
The only survivor was a seven-year-old girl who was able to walk to a nearby home to seek help. Police would not release details about the girl.
The plane, a Piper PA-34-200T, described by police as a fixed-wing multiple-engine aircraft, went down in a heavily wooded area of Lyon County, after 6:00 p.m. (midnight GMT) on Friday. The plane had departed Key West Florida earlier Friday and was headed to Mt. Vernon, Illinois, police said.
Authorities received a 911 call from a resident in the area who said a seven-year-old girl “had walked to his home reporting that she had been involved in a plane crash,” according to state police. The girl was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were sending investigators to the crash site on Saturday.
(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Editing by David Holmes)
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