"Brave Little Girl" Survives Plane Crash That Killed Her Parents
After surviving a deadly plane crash in Kentucky on Friday that killed her sister, cousin and both of her parents, a 7-year-old Illinois girl walked bloodied and barefoot for help, eventually finding it on the doorstep of an elderly stranger.
"The little girl come to my door," 71-year-old Larry Wilkins told NBC News. "She told me that her mom and her dad were dead, and she was in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down. She asked if she could stay here."
According to the Associated Press, the FAA lost contact with the plane piloted by the girl's father shortly after he reported engine problems at around 5:55 p.m. About half an hour later, Wilkins called 911 to report the crash.
"I felt so sorry for her, tears come to my eyes," said Wilkins, "Seven years old. Brave little girl."
The unnamed 7-year-old was then taken to a nearby hospital with "non-life-threatening injuries." She has since been released.
On Saturday, Kentucky police identified the dead as 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, 45-year-old Kimberly Gutzler, 9-year-old Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder.
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