‘She told me that her mom and dad were dead:’ child survives plane crash, walks to house for help

Brave 7 year-old survivor


By By Greg Botelho and Nick Valencia


(CNN) — The knock was faint. But, alerted by his two dachshunds, Larry Wilkins went to his door. He opened it to see a young girl, her lips quivering, her nose bloodied, her arms and legs scratched up.

Her name was Sailor Gutzler and, somehow, she was still alive.

“She told me that her mom and dad were dead,” Wilkins said. “And that she had been in a plane crash.”

The girl’s sister and cousin also died when their Piper PA-34 aircraft went down Friday evening in western Kentucky. Even with the plane upside down, the 7-year-old made it out and trekked three-quarters of a mile in the dark through what Wilkins described as “very, very rough territory,” mired with fallen trees, creeks, ditches and blackberry briars.

Sailor was barefoot except for one sock and was dressed for Florida — shorts, no…

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