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Girl (7) sole survivor of Kentucky plane crash

By AP Reporter

A seven-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in the US that killed her parents and two other family members has been released from hospital.

The girl walked nearly a mile, through thick piles of brush, in temperatures of less than 5C, before finding help.

Air crash investigators have now arrived at the scene to try to determine why the small Piper PA-34 crashed in rural Kentucky on Saturday evening.

The plane had reported engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly before it went down.

About a half-hour later, a man called in the emergency and told dispatchers that a child had walked to his home and said she had been involved in a plane crash.

"I come to the door and there's a little girl, seven years old, bloody nose, bloody arms, bloody legs, one sock, no shoes, crying," 71-year-old Larry Wilkins said.

"She told me that her mom and dad were dead, and she had been in a plane crash and the plane was upside down."

Kentucky State Police Sergeant Dean Patterson said. "This girl came out of the wreckage herself and found the closest residence and reported the plane crash.

"It's a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it's tragic that four others didn't."

The girl was the daughter of Marty Gutzler (48) and his wife, Kimberly (46). Also killed in the crash were the girl's sister Piper (9) and a cousin, Sierra Wilder (14), all from Illinois.

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