The little seven-year-old who survived a fatal plane crash, where four family members died, was discharged from the hospital.
The little that managed to get away from the scene in western Kentucky could save your life following the advice of survival since childhood instilled his father, as reported by relatives of the girl to NBC News.
Sailor Gutzler was the only survivor after the small plane she was traveling with her family had a fatal flaw, which caused the downing of the plane and killed nearly all the crew.
The accident killed the girl’s parents, Marty and Kimberly Gutzler, sister of nine years old, Piper, and cousin of 14 years, Sierra Wilder, police said. Her father, Marty Gutzler, 48, was flying the aircraft in “bad weather” when he made a distress call around 17:55 on Friday, according to the Kentucky State Police said during a press conference Sabbath.
Sailor’s father, Marty Gutzler, had been flying since age 16, recording nearly 4,000 hours and taught as a flight instructor, the family said. “He had made the same trip from Florida to Illinois many, many times,” a family friend told NBC News.
Sergeant Dean Patterson noted that a disoriented 7 year old girl walked into a house and said she was involved in the crash of a plane. The resident of the house called the phone number for emergencies and the girl was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Authorities found the aircraft a few hours later and confirmed that the pilot and three others, who were already identified, died, said The Associated Press.
Kathleen Bergen, Federal Aviation Administration, said air traffic controllers lost contact with a Piper PA-34 aircraft when flying over the Marshall County in the southwestern part of the state. The pilot had reported engine problems.
This Saturday, authorities are still investigating the crash of the plane, which departed from the Florida Keys and crashed in western Kentucky on their way to Illinois, adds Efe.
The plane departed on Friday from Key West in the Florida Keys, where the occupants had been holidaying year-end, and made a stop at Tallahassee Regional Airport (capital of Florida) for refueling, after which continued to its final destination.
According to the Federal Tax Administration (FAD) of the US, the aircraft pilot reported technical problems while flying over western Kentucky and after that he lost contacted air traffic controllers.
Two hours later, Kentucky authorities discovered the remains of the small aircraft in a wooded area of Kentucky, near a lake, with the bodies of the pilot and three passengers.
Kentucky State Police identified the deceased as Marty Gutzler, 49, his wife Kimberly Gutzler, 45, her 9 year old daughter Piper Gutzler, and a cousin of the younger Sierra Wilder, 14; all of them originating in Nashville, Illinois.
At the request of the family, the identity of the child survivor has not been released, state police said.
The man who helped the child after the accident
The man who helped the girl seven years after having walked aimlessly after the accident was identified as Larry Wilkins.
“When he opened the door, there was a girl with blood,” Wilkins said. “She told me that her parents had died, and she had been in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down.”
The girl said Wilkins tried to wake his parents but “woke” he said.
Wilkins said he took the girl home and lay down on the couch so he could wash his scratched legs.
“I was quite stunned,” he said.
Wilkins called 911, adding that the girl walked about three quarters of a mile through the woods to his house.
However, Wilkins said he is not considered a hero for something that “anyone would have done.”
“She’s just a girl who needed a little help,” he said. “I just pray for that girl … She will need a lot of help just cannot imagine someone so young through that.”