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Can a 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor Help an NTSB Investigation?

March 12, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

According to an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), rarely does anyone “survive a small plane crash.” However, not too long ago, a 7-year-old girl did just that. Now, the NTSB wants her help in its investigation of the crash that claimed the lives of her family and nearly took hers as well.

Following a trip to Florida, the girl and her family were flying back home to Nashville, Illinois when their Piper PA-34 went down in Kentucky. The girl’s parents, 9-year-old sister and 14-year-old cousin all died in the crash, according to the Miami Herald.

The 7-year-old girl, who suffered a broken wrist in the crash, was able to escape the wreckage of the plane after it went down. Despite temperatures being near freezing and having to make her way through thick, dark woods and briar patches for about mile wearing only shorts, a short-sleeve shirt and one sock, the girl was able to reach a house and get help.

As NTSB investigators continue their investigation into the airplane accident, they plan to talk to the 7 year old about the incident, hoping she can provide them with some clues as to what led to the crash and how she survived.

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