7-year-old Nashville, IL girl sole survivor of plane crash in western Kentucky

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LYON COUNTY, KY (KTVI)- A small plane crashed in western Kentucky Friday night, killing four people from the small town of Nashville, IL, about 50 miles east of St. Louis. A seven-year-old girl is the only survivor. Authorities say she walked to a neighboring home and told a resident her parents were dead.

The girl was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The plane was flying from Tallahassee, Florida to Mount Vernon, Illinois, Friday. The FAA confirms a distress call was made from the  Piper PA-34 , the pilot reporting engine trouble. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane just before 6:00pm.  Around 6:30pm, a resident called 911 and told dispatchers that a young girl had walked to his home and said she had been in a plane crash.

The crash site was later located in a heavily wooded area near Kentucky Lake. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Authorities have identified the victims as  husband and wife, 49-year-old Marty Gutzler and 45-year-old Kimberly Gutzler, their daughter nine-year-old Piper Gutzler, and her cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Wilder.  All were from Nashville, IL. They have not released the seven-year-old girl’s name.

Photos posted publicly to Marty Gutzler’s Facebook page indicated the family had been to Key West, FL for the New Year’s holiday.

A family of four from Nashville, Illinois were killed when their Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and crashed in Eddyville, Kentucky on January 2, 2015. Killed in the crash were Marty Gutzler (49) pictured here with wife Kimberly Gutzler (45) their daughter, Piper Gutzler (9) and cousin, Sierra Wilder (14). Another daughter, age 7, reportedly walked nearly a mile to a home to report that she was involved with the crash. She has been released from the hospital. Gutzler, a former airline pilot, worked at the family-owned furniture store in Nashville.   UPI/Facebook

A family of four from Nashville, Illinois were killed when their Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and crashed in Eddyville, Kentucky on January 2, 2015. Killed in the crash were Marty Gutzler (49) pictured here with wife Kimberly Gutzler (45) their daughter, Piper Gutzler (9) and cousin, Sierra Wilder (14). Another daughter, age 7, reportedly walked nearly a mile to a home to report that she was involved with the crash. She has been released from the hospital. Gutzler, a former airline pilot, worked at the family-owned furniture store in Nashville. UPI/Facebook