Investigators Say Girl Who Survived Crash Could Help Determine Cause

Salvage workers clearing site of plane crash

Salvage workers bring out part of a Piper PA-34's fuselage, wing and landing gear from a crash site Sunday in Kuttawa, Ky. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site Sunday in which 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Federal investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash in western Kentucky that killed four people from Illinois 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. All were from the southern Illinois town of Nashville.

Story source: AP