A 7-year-old girl named Sailor Gutzler survived a plane crash that killed four of her family members Friday night. She managed to be the sole survivor of the crash, whilst her mom and dad, Kimberly (46) and Marty Gutzler (48), 9-year-old sister Piper Gutzler, and 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder all perished in the crash, reported CNN. Her family was all from the small town Nashville, Illinois.
The little girl managed to get out of the upside down plane and walk three-quarters of a mile in the dark through extremely rough territory filled with fallen trees, creeks, ditches, and blackberry briars to one of the three houses that were occupied in winter. She was dressed for Florida weather with shorts, no coat, and only one sock and no shoes- not for the cold January weather of Kentucky. Larry Wilkins answered the door to the bloody, broken-boned, and quivering 7-year-old girl that told him she was in a plane crash and she thought her parents may be dead but was hoping that they were just sleeping. He quickly alerted police, who rushed out to the scene, eventually found the plane and confirmed that she was the sole survivor.
She was in emotional distress and taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She was released early Saturday and a fund for her has been set up to help her out- www.sailorgutzlerfund.com/.
“She literally fell out of the sky into a dark hole and didn’t have anybody but her own will to live and get help for her family,” Kentucky Police Lt. Brent White said. “Absolutely amazing.” She and her sister were inseparable, and she had a very close relationship with the rest of her family as well.
What had happened:
Sailor’s plane- a Piper PA-34 aircraft- spent Christmas vacation in the warm and beautiful Key West, Florida and headed for Mount Vernon, Illinois to return home earlier Friday.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with their plane, shortly after the pilot reported engine problems and said that he was going to go to the Kentucky Dam State Park Airport instead.
The twin-engine aircraft didn’t make it, crashing in Lyon County, less than 10 miles from the airport.