7-year-old girl survives plane crash, walks up to a local to report incident

Jan 04, 2015, 08:11 IST | Agencies

After a two-hour-long search, police authorities find wreckage site near Kentucky lake and recover bodies of pilot, three other passengers

Kentucky: A seven-year-old girl survived a plane crash that killed four people near Kentucky Lake. The disoriented girl walked away from the wreckage and reported the crash to a local resident, authorities said.

The small Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers as it was flying over the southwestern part of Kentucky at 5:55 pm, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

Miracle survivor
“About half hour later, a resident in Lyon County called the police and told dispatchers that a girl had walked to his home and said she had been involved in a plane crash,” said Sgt Dean Patterson of the Kentucky State Police.

“It’s a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it’s tragic that four others didn’t,” he added.

The girl was in emotional distress and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

About two hours later, authorities found the crash site in a heavily wooded area near Kentucky lake. They discovered four bodies, including the pilot and the three passengers.

The FAA said the plane had taken off from Tallahassee Regional Airport, Florida, and was bound for Mount Vernon, Illinois. Patterson said the girl indicted that the plane had left from Key West, Florida.

The identities of the deceased and the survivor were not immediately released. Patterson said he didn’t know the girl’s relationship with the people on the plane. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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