Investigators say girl who survived crash could help determine cause

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash in western Kentucky that killed four people but left a 7-year-old survivor.

The remains of the Piper PA-34 plane are being moved to a location where officials with the National Transportation Safety Board can inspect the wreckage. A preliminary report on the crash is expected in about 10 days.

NTSB investigator Heidi Moats says the child who survived the crash, Sailor Gutzler, is “one remarkable young lady.” The girl freed herself from the wreckage and went for help.

Bleeding and dressed in a short-sleeved shirt, she walked three-quarters of a mile in near-freezing temperatures through thick briar patches and woods and waded through a creek before reaching the nearest house.

Moats says the girl might able to help investigators determine what caused the crash that killed her parents, a sister and a cousin.

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