*UPDATED* 4 dead in Kentucky plane crash, 7-year-old girl survivesPosted by J Craig on January 2, 2015
EDDYVILLE, Ky. — A 7-year-old girl has survived a small plane crash where four people were killed in Lyon County, Kentucky on Friday night.
Sgt. Dean Patterson of the Kentucky State Police says a disoriented 7-year-old girl walked to a home and reported that she had been involved in a plane crash. The resident called 911 and the girl was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
— KY State Police (@kystatepolice) January 3, 2015
Police began searching for the crash site after receiving the call around 6:30 p.m., according to authorities.
The aircraft was located a couple hours later near Eddyville in Lyon County. Authorities confirmed that the pilot and three other passengers were killed.
“Search crews have located the wreckage of a small plane in a wooded area off of Buckberry Trail which runs off of KY 810 South,” Kentucky State Police said in a post to their Facebook page.
The Piper PA-34 was flying over Marshall County when the pilot had reported engine problems. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot at some point over Marshall County.
Sgt. Patterson said the plane had taken off from Key West, Florida, and was headed to Mount Vernon, Illinois.
The identities of the deceased and the survivor were not immediately released. Patterson said he didn’t know the girl’s relationship to the people on the plane.
The 7-year-old girl, Sailor Gutzler who survived the crash has been released from the hospital on Saturday. The girl was treated at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky.
Sgt. Patterson said the girl was the daughter of the two adults who died in the crash, Marty Gutzler, 49; and his wife, Kimberly Gutzler, 45. Also killed in the crash were the girl’s sister, Piper Gutzler, 9; and a cousin, Sierra Wilder, 14. All were from Nashville, Illinois. The bodies have been recovered and sent to Louisville for autopsies.
Larry Wilkins, the local resident whose door Sailor knocked on, said in an interview, “She thought her arm was broken and her left foot was hurting pretty bad. She was barefooted, by the way, she had one sock on her feet. And she walked all that distance barefooted.”
“She told me that her mom and dad were dead,” Wilkins said. “And that she had been in a plane crash.”
The FAA said late Friday that the plane had taken off from Tallahassee Regional Airport, Florida, and was bound for Mount Vernon, Illinois. Patterson said the girl who survived indicted the plane had left from Key West, Florida.
It is no less than miraculous that 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler survived and was able to walk through a cold dense forest and through some really tough terrain to find the help she needed.
Note: This story was edited for content after publication.
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