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7 year old survives KY plane crash that killed 4

“First time in my lifetime I've ever seen anything like it," said Larry Wilkins, who made the 911 call. “First time in my lifetime I've ever seen anything like it," said Larry Wilkins, who made the 911 call.
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Marty & Kim Gutzler (Source: Submitted) Marty & Kim Gutzler (Source: Submitted)
EDDYVILLE, KY (KFVS) -

A deadly plane crash on Friday night claimed the lives of four people in Lyon County, Kentucky. But it's an amazing story of survival for a 7-year-old passenger.

“First time in my lifetime I've ever seen anything like it," said Larry Wilkins, who made the 911 call.

Four family members died after the tragic plane crash just seven miles east of the Kentucky Dam State Airport.

The only survivor is a 7-year-old girl who beat the odds. She traveled nearly a mile in unimaginable conditions, trekking barefoot, in near pitch black woods, in frigid temperatures before finding safety at Wilkins' home.

“Her little arms and legs were just scratched up all over," Wilkins said. "It amazed me that she kept on walking.”

The family from Nashville, Illinois was on their way back from a vacation in Key West, Florida to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where the aircraft is housed.

Officers with the Kentucky State Police say a distress call came in from the passenger plane just before 6 p.m. Friday reporting mechanical failure.

Soon after emergency responders were called to a rescue mission. 

The FAA says a the plane is a Piper PA-34-200T.

But little could be done as first responders soon learned the family members died on impact.

The FAA is now on scene and NTSB investigators aren't expected to arrive until Sunday morning due to flights delays and other logistical concerns.

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

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

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

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