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State Police Release Scene to NTSB, FAA

Date of News Release: 01/04/2014

(Eddyville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police have fully relinquished the scene of the Friday plane crash that killed four. State Troopers were one of the first to arrive in the area after the crash was reported by a 7-year-old girl who had survived the crash. State Troopers have stood guard over the site since that time. NTSB and FAA investigators remain on site along with a private aircraft recovery firm. Troopers will remain in the area in a support capacity as needed.

Starting Monday, all media inquiries shall be forwarded to Trooper First Class Jay Thomas. TFC. Thomas can be contacted at dennis.thomas@ky.gov. Any previously scheduled interviews with other personnel will continue as planned.


Updated Release - @ Sat 1/4/2015 10:28 AM

(Eddyville, KY) - The National Transportation Safety Board has arrived at the site of a plane crash which killed four on Friday evening. The investigators are coordinating efforts with AMF Recovery, a private aircraft recovery firm out of Clarksville, TN. Investigators have scheduled a press conference for 11:00 AM CST. The presser will take place at 309 Lee S. Jones Park Road near Eddyville. Media will be briefed on the recovery effort as well as the continued investigation by state and federal investigators. FAA, Emergency Management, and Kentucky State Police will be present at the event.


Updated Release - @ Sat Sun 1/4/2015 7:49 AM

(Eddyville, KY) - Kentucky State Police are awaiting the arrival of NTSB investigators who are expected to conduct a press conference sometime Sunday morning. Investigators' arrival was delayed Saturday due to flight delays as a result of inclement weather. Officials with the FAA arrived at the scene on Saturday morning. Kentucky State Troopers continue to guard the site of the fatal plane crash that killed four Illinois residents including two children. A seven year old passenger survived the crash which occurred late Friday night. As soon as a time for a press conference is set by federal investigators, a notification will be sent. There are no new updates at this hour.


Updated Release - @ Sat 1/3/2015 6:30 PM

(Eddyville, KY) - Kentucky State Police has just been notified that due to flight delays and other logistical concerns, the NTSB will not be arriving at the scene until Sunday morning. NTSB officials state that they will reschedule a press event at the same location for Sunday morning. This will serve as the final release from Kentucky State Police until NTSB schedules there press conference. There are no new items to report at this hour.


Updated Release - @ Sat 1/3/2015 3:21 PM

(Eddyville, KY) - Members of the FAA remain at the site of a fatal plane crash in Lyon County. Kentucky State Police remain at the scene in a security capacity. Members of the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be on site Saturday Evening. Officials have indicated a minimum of two days to conduct an investigation at the scene. Inclement weather is hampering progress throughout the day Saturday. At this time, there is no other information to report.


Updated Release - @ Sat 1/3/2015 10:00 AM

(Eddyville, KY) - Federal Aviation Administration officials have just arrived on scene and will be assuming command of the crash site.


Updated Release - @ Sat 1/3/2015 1:55 AM

(Eddyville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police continue to guard the the scene of plane crash that killed four on board. All four victim are being transported to Louisville, KY for autopsy. The FAA is expected to be on scene within the hour. At that time, federal authorities will have control of the site. The 7-year-old survivor of the crash was released from Lourdes Hosptial in Paducah, KY just after 1:00 AM CST. Please note that the initial dates of birth provided for Marty and Kimberly Gutzler were incorrect. Marty Gutzler was 48-years-old. Kimberly Gutzler was 46-years-old.

A press conference is not being scheduled by Kentucky State Police due to the anticipated arrival of FAA and NTSB officials.


Updated Release - @ Sat 1/3/2015 1:55 AM

(Eddyville, KY) - The four victims have been identified and next of kin have been notified. The victims are identified as follows:

  • Marty Gutzler, 49 (father)
  • Kimberly Gutzler, 45 (mother)
  • Piper Gutzler, 9 (daughter)
  • Sierra Wilder, 14 (cousin of Piper Gutzler)

The Gutzler family and Wilder were each from Nashville, IL. The name of the surviving 7-year-old passenger is being withheld at the request of family.

There is no other information to release regarding the victims of this incident at this time.


Updated Release - @ 1/2/2015 11:43 PM

(Eddyville, KY) - The plane involved in the crash was a Piper PA-34-200T which is described as a fixed wing multiple engine aircraft.


Updated Release - @ Fri 1/2/2015 11:25 PM

(Eddyville, KY) - Investigators have learned that the small aircraft which crashed in Lyon county had departed Key West Florida earlier Friday with a destination of Mt. Vernon, IL. NTSB investigators along with the FAA will be arriving at the sight on Saturday.


Updated Release - @ 10:29 PM

(Eddyville, KY) - Search crews have located the wreckage of a small plane in a wooded area off of Buckberry Trail which runs off of KY 810 South. Investigators on scene confirm (4) fatalities at the crash site. The fatalities account for the pilot and remaining passengers. Names of the deceased are withheld pending identification and notification of NOK.


Original Release - On 01/02/2015

(Eddyville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police are responding to a report of a plane crash near the area of KY 810 South in the Suwanee community of Lyon County At approximately 6:30 PM CST, a 911 call was received from a Lyon County resident. The caller told police that a 7-year-old female had walked to his home reporting that she had been involved in a plane crash. The juvenile was in distress and was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. At the time of this release, a crash site has not been located, however; FAA Memphis Center has confirmed a distress call from a private aircraft in the vicinity of reported crash. At this time, the Kentucky State Police, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, and multiple fire and rescue units are in the area conducting a search. The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and are also assisting. Additional updates will be sent as they become available.