The child walked to a home in southwestern Kentucky telling resident she had been in a crash
Officials located downed aircraft near KY 810 South in rural Lyon County
FAA received a distress call at 5.55pm from a private plane flying from Key West, Florida, to Mt Vernon, Illinois
The pilot of Piper PA-34-200T reported engine troubles while flying over Marshall County
Kentucky State Police identified victims as Marty Gutzler, 49, wife Kim Gutzler, 45, 9-year-old daughter, Piper, 14-year-old cousin, Sierra Wilder
Lone survivor of the crash was hospitalized with only minor injuries
Kentucky State Police found the wreckage of a small plane Friday night after a disoriented 7-year-old girl walked to a home and reported that she had been involved in a crash that killed her entire family.
The plane, believed to be a Piper Seneca, was discovered just before 11pm Eastern time near KY 810 South in Lyon County.
A family of four were found dead inside the wreckage, including the little girl’s parents, older sister and a cousin.
Family torn apart: Kentucky State Police have identified the four victims of Friday’s small plane crash as Marty Gutzler (right), 49, wife Kim Gutzler, 45, 9-year-old daughter, Piper (pictured left), and 14-year-old cousin, Sierra Wilder
Crash: This Piper PA-34-200T owned by an Illinois doctor crashed in rural southwestern Kentucky Friday, killing four people on board. A 7-year-old girl walked away from the crash with only minor injuries
Proud owner: Dr Alan Froehling, a physician from Illinois, is pictured with one of his small planes. The downed aircraft was registered to him, but it remains unknown if he was on board the plane.
Early Saturday morning, Kentucky State Police identified the victims of the crash as Marty Gutzler, 49, his wife Kimberly Gutzler, 45, their 9-year-old daughter, Piper, and the girl’s 14-year-old cousin, Sierra Wilder.
Daily Mail is not naming the 7-year-old sole survivor of the crash at the request of the family. Officials say the family are from Nashville, Tennessee.
Based on Facebook posts on Mr Gutzler’s page, the couple traveled with their two young daughters and their cousin Ms Wilder acting as the baby sitter to Key West to celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Reach resort.
Photos posted on Mr Gutzler’s earlier in the week show him piloting the plane with the girls sitting behind him.
Written by Snejana Farberov for MailOnline
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