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.