7 Year old survives a plane crash in Kentucky

By Amanda Prince, Staff Writer

Sailor Gutzler, a seven year old girl, survived a plane crash that killed her whole family. She walked about a mile from the crash wearing only a short sleeve shirt, shorts and no shoes until she saw a house in the distance belonging to Larry Wilkins, a 71 year old man.

“I come to the door and there’s a little girl, seven years old, bloody nose, bloody arms, bloody legs, one sock, and shes crying,” says Wilkins according to The New York Times. “She had told me that her Mom and Dad were dead, and she had been in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down,” states Wilkins.

Authorities said the small Piper PA-34 crashed by reported engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers around 5:55 p.m. Controllers were trying to direct the pilot to an airport around five to seven miles from the crash scene.

They identified the victims as Sailor’s parents, Marty Gutzler, 49, and Kimberly Gutzler, 45. Her 9 year old sister, Piper, and 14 year old cousin, Sierra Wilder, were also killed in the crash.

The plane had taken off from Tallahassee Regional Airport and was off too Mount Vernon, Illinois. Sailor indicated that the plane had left from Key West, Florida.

“We ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. Please pray for us, especially for Sailor Gutzler,” the family said in a statement.