Seven Year Old Girl Is Sole Survivor Of Kentucky Plane Crash
A 7-year-old girl was the sole sole survivor of a plane crash in Kentucky that killed four family members and she walked away from it almost physically unharmed!
The Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and lost contact with air-traffic controllers as it was flying over the southwestern part of Kentucky at about 5:55 p.m. local time on Friday January 1, 2015.
The plane was heading for Illinois from Florida but crashed into a wooded area near a lake.
A Brave Little Girl
About a half hour later, a Lyon County resident called the emergency dispatcher and told dispatchers a 7-year-old girl had knocked on his door and said that she had been involved in a plane crash.
Larry Wilkins, 71, told NBC that when he answered his door on Friday night there was a little girl standing there barefooted who was bleeding pretty badly.
She told me that her mom and her dad were dead, and she was in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down.
"She asked if she could stay here. I got a wash cloth and cleaned her up. And of course called 911".
"I felt so sorry for her, tears come to my eyes".
The girl had walked nearly 1 mile, through thick piles of brush, in temperatures that were below 40 F before reaching the home.
"The girl was in emotional distress and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries".
"At that point, authorities launched a search for the crash site and confirmed with the FAA that they had received a distress call".
said Sgt. Dean Patterson of the Kentucky State Police.
Bodies And Names
Patterson identified the victims as 48-year-old Marty Gutzler ; 46-year-old Kimberly Gutzler ; their daughter, 9-year-old Piper Gutzler; and her cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Wilder.
All four were from Nashville, Illinois.
Police say the name of the 7-year-old passenger is being withheld at the request of family.
"This girl came out of the wreckage herself and found the closest residence and reported the plane crash".
"It’s a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it’s tragic that four others didn’t".
Kentucky police Sgt Dean Patterson told reporters.
Shock And Devastation
In Nashville, a man stepped outside the family’s white, split-level home on Saturday and politely waved off a reporter.
he said, his head lowered, before he stepped back inside.
"Neighbors said Marty and Kim Gutzler had lifelong roots in the largely rural southern Illinois town about 50 miles east of St. Louis".
"Marty ran the furniture store that his father started, and the couple was well-known and well-liked".
"With two basketball hoops in the driveway, the Gutzlers’ home was the center of neighborhood fun on a block full of children".
"All the kids in the neighborhood are just so upset about this".
"The crash’s lone survivor and the one who perished were together constantly".
"That’s what’s going to be so devastating for the little one",
said neighbor Carla Povolish.
Almost make me wonder about the sole suvivor of an accident or crash; easy to believe that it simply wasn’t there time to die.