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Fundraising website set up for 7-year-old survivor of Lyon Co. plane crash

The Gutzler Family (Source: Sailor Gutzler fund website) The Gutzler Family (Source: Sailor Gutzler fund website)
Parts of plane pulled from crash site and being loaded onto trailers (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) Parts of plane pulled from crash site and being loaded onto trailers (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
NTSB is investigating the crash (Source: KFVS) NTSB is investigating the crash (Source: KFVS)
Larry Wilkins made the 911 call after the girl made it to his home (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Larry Wilkins made the 911 call after the girl made it to his home (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Sailor Gutzler (Source: Family fund website) Sailor Gutzler (Source: Family fund website)
LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A fund has been set up by the family of the 7-year-old survivor of a plane crash in Lyon County, Ky.

Marty Gutzler, 48, the father; Kimberly Gutzler, 45, the mother; Piper Gutzler, 9, daughter; and Sierra Wilder, 14, cousin of Piper Gutzler, died in the crash. Sailor Gutzler was the sole survivor. 

The Gutzler family and Wilder were all from Nashville, Illinois.

A online fund has been set up for Sailor Gutzler according to the family's attorney."Your generous donation will help Sailor obtain the emotional, physical and educational support she will need in the years to come. Thank you in advance for your cooperation," according to the website.

NTSB crews removed the plane in pieces from the crash site on Sunday.

The NTSB did not arrive at the scene of the deadly plane crash in Lyon County until Sunday morning due to flight delays and other logistical concerns.

The NTSB says it will have preliminary report in 10 days. The full report and findings could take over a year.

NTSB investigator Heidi Moats says salvage crews have arrived.

Once the scene is clear, the plane will be taken to site in Tennessee for examination of engine and frame.

When asked how remarkable it is that the 7-year-old girl survived, Moats says "she's one remarkable young lady."

The 7-year-old survivor of the crash was released from Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. just after 1 a.m. 

Members of the FAA were at the site of the deadly plane crash in Lyon County on Saturday. 

Kentucky State Police say they are remaining at the scene in a security capacity.

Officials have indicated a minimum of two days to conduct an investigation at the scene. Inclement weather hampered progress on Saturday. 

Attorney Kent L. Plotner, released this statement on Saturday on behalf of the family:

"The Gutzler family mourns the loss of Marty, Kim and Piper Gutzler and Sierra Wilder. We are devastated by this loss, but are confident that they rest in God's loving arms. We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. Please pray for us, especially for Sailor Gutzler."

Grief counselors were available at schools in Nashville, according to Wendy Davis, superintendent of the Nashville School District.

A phone message was sent to parents over the weekend and grief counselors will be available. Students went back to class on Monday.

The bodies of those killed were taken to Louisville for autopsies. 

Police say the wreckage of a small plane was found in a wooded area off of Buckberry Trail, which runs off of KY 810 South in the Suwanee community of Lyon County.

Suwanee is located along U.S. 62, about five miles west of Eddyville.

According to police, the deaths account for the pilot and remaining passengers.

Kentucky EMA Regional Manager Mark Garland said there was one survivor, a young girl who managed to get out of the plane and find her way out of the wooded area to a house where she asked for help. He said the homeowner then alerted local officials to the crash site.

KSP says a caller reported they saw a plane go down around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2.

KSP says a caller told them that a 7-year-old girl had walked to his home saying that she had been involved in a plane crash.

Police say the child was in distress and was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the FAA Memphis Center confirmed a distress call from a private aircraft near the area of the reported crash.

The FAA says a Piper PA-34-200T aircraft crashed 7 miles east of the Kentucky Dam State Airport, about 30 miles east of Paducah.

The plane is described as a fixed wing, multiple engine aircraft.

The FAA says air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft as it was flying over Marshall County around 5:55 p.m. on Friday.

They say they lost contact shortly after the pilot reported engine problems.

According to police, the plane had left Key West, Florida earlier on Friday with a destination of Mt. Vernon, Ill.

Lyon County officials have set up a staging area for emergency equipment along KY 810, about one mile north of U.S. 62 at Suwanee to help their response to the crash site.

The public is asked to avoid the area so as not to impede emergency equipment and personnel.

Traffic along KY 810 was down to one lane in the area to allow nearby residents access to their homes.

This is a similar picture of what the plane looks like from the Piper website.

“I've got an 8-year-old child myself, that just turned 8-years-old. And when I saw this [what] appeared to be a 7-year-old child that walked through this dense Forrest," Lieutenant Brent White with the Kentucky State Police said. "Through some really tough terrain. Awful poor weather conditions – and survive this, it's just really a miracle."

Kentucky State Police Lt. White says that first responders " worked tirelessly to find this wreckage and hopefully salvage the lives of those that were on board. But, ultimately, it just wasn't meant to be."

According to CNN, Even with the plane upside down, the 7-year-old made it out, trekked three-quarters of a mile in the dark through what Wilkins described as "very, very rough territory" mired with fallen trees, creeks, ditches and blackberry briars.

Larry Wilkins went to his door. He opened it to see a young girl - her lips quivering, her nose bloodied, her arms and legs scratched up.

CNN reports the girl was barefoot except for one sock and was dressed for Florida -shorts, no coat - not for slogging through the January cold of Kentucky. Wilkins got her on his couch and called 911, alerting authorities that a plane had gone down and there was at least one survivor.

The Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt from Nashville's Trinity Lutheran Church said he's known the family for four years and they "will be deeply missed."

"The Gutzlers were a wonderful family and wonderful members of our congregation and community," Wietfeldt said, according to CNN.

Heartland News talked to Troy Dunbar, a Gutzler employee and friend of family for more than 20 years. He said that Marty had been flying since he was 16 years old. He says Gutzler loved everything about aviation. He said Gutzler had flown the route to Key West in that very plane several times, and was a good pilot.

Dunbar says Marty and Kim Gutzler had two daughters together. 

The employee says Kim's son was in the military and stationed in Key West. The family was coming back from visiting for the holidays.

Marty Gutzler and his Dad, Jerry, owned the furniture store together.

Marty was described as being very involved in daughters lives. He coached youth softball and soccer.

Campagna Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

KSP would like to thank all the agencies and personnel who assisted with the plane crash incident in Lyons County. 

Agencies taking part in this incident include: Kentucky State Police, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Eddyville Police Department, Kuttawa Fire Department, Eddyville Fire Department, Aurora-Ross Fire Department, Lyon County Rescue, Marshall County Rescue, Lyon County EMS, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Lyon County Emergency Management, Marshall County Emergency Management and Lyon County Coroner's Office.

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved. CNN contributed to this report.

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