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NTSB gathering evidence at plane crash site in western KY

Pieces of the plane are being removed for the investigation to continue off-site (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) Pieces of the plane are being removed for the investigation to continue off-site (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
NTSB Air Safety Investigator Heidi Moats  speaks at a press conference on Sunday (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) NTSB Air Safety Investigator Heidi Moats speaks at a press conference on Sunday (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
Plane crash site (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) Plane crash site (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The investigation into a plane crash that killed four family members is moving forward.

Federal agencies have begun trying to piece together what led to a deadly plane crash on Friday night in western Kentucky.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived at the crash site early Sunday morning. 

The Kentucky State Police have fully relinquished the scene to crash investigators. Troopers have stood guard over the site since that time. Troopers will remain in the area in a support capacity as needed.

The Kentucky State Police gave new details Sunday on the 7-year-old girl who survived the crash, and walked away virtually unharmed.

The NTSB has started gathering evidence from the wreck on Sunday.

Pieces of the plane are being removed for the investigation to continue off-site.

NTSB Air Safety Investigator Heidi Moats explained the process.

“We will thoroughly examine the air frame and engine of the airplane,” Moats said.

Officials say they'll preliminary report ready in 10 days. But, an official announcement on what caused the crash could take up to one year.

Investigators will be looking at everything from weather conditions to a distress call from pilot moments before the crash.

But, the best information could come from crashes sole survivor- the pilot's 7-year-old daughter.

“Having someone who is a witness always helps us in the investigation,” Moats said. “It gives kind of a storyline.”

Kentucky State Police say the girl was able to free herself from the wreckage despite a broken arm.

“She just started walking to find help and she could not see any lights,” Lt. Brent White, KSP, said. “She probably went the best route she could have gone.”

She wandered nearly a mile in dense woods before coming across house.

KSP says the girl is back home with surviving family members in Illinois.

NTSB officials are calling her remarkable for surviving the crash. 

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for those killed in the crash. The service times can be found here: 

http://www.campagnafuneralhomes.com/

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