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7-Year-Old Survives Ky. Plane Crash

A 7-year-old girl has survived a small plane crash that killed four in Kentucky. She was disoriented in the crash but well enough to walk to a home and report it.

The resident called 911 and the girl was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities found the aircraft a couple hours later and confirmed that the pilot and three passengers were killed, AP says.

"This girl came out of the wreckage herself and found the closest residence and reported the plane crash," Dean Patterson of the Kentucky State Police told AP. "It's a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it's tragic that four others didn't."

Patterson identified those others as Marty and Kimberly Gutzler, their daughter, Piper Gutzler, 9, and her cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, all from Nashville, Ill. The name of the 7-year-old is being withheld at the request of family, police say.

Kathleen Bergen of the FAA says the pilot of a Piper PA-34 reported engine problems as it flew over Marshall County in the southwestern part of the state.

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