Seven-year-old Sailor Gutzler, who was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed four members of her family, learned survival skills from her father, according to relatives.
After the plane crashed in western Kentucky on Friday, Sailor was able to emerge from the wreckage and walk to safety, authorities say.
Lt. Brent White with the Kentucky State Police said in a press conference, “What she knew … was something to the effect that the plane was upside down, her family onboard was unresponsive. She utilized her non-injured arm and hand to free herself from the aircraft.”
Will Carr reported on “America’s News Headquarters” that authorities are saying it’s a miracle that the little girl walked away from the crash with only a broken arm.
Authorities say that Sailor got out of the plane, which was on fire from the crash, and walked nearly a mile in rough terrain and freezing rain.
Eventually, she ended up outside local resident Larry Wilkins’ house.
“She told me that her parents were dead,” Wilkins said earlier today on “Fox and Friends Weekend.” “I asked her how she knew that and she said, ‘I tried to wake them up and I couldn’t wake them up.'”
Carr reported that authorities have confirmed that both Sailor’s parents died in the crash, along with her 9-year-old sister and 14-year-old cousin.
According to authorities, everyone was still strapped in their seats and appeared to be bracing for impact, except for the father. It’s unclear if he had his seatbelt on or not.
Carr reported that Sailor was taken to a hospital, where a family member eventually picked her up and took her home.
Carr also reported that NTSB investigators are on the scene and said they will release an initial report in the next 10 days.
A Gutzler family spokesperson has issued a statement asking for prayers for the entire family moving forward, especially Sailor.
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