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NTSB identifies pilot error as cause of Jan. 2015 plane crash near Kuttawa, Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error is to blame for a plane crash in southwest Kentucky that killed four people.

It happened in January 2015. 

Five family members were on the plane when it crashed near Kuttawa, Kentucky. The only survivor was the pilot's seven-year-old daughter, who walked away from the crash scene.

The NTSB says the pilot failed to properly set the left engine fuel gauge. That caused the plane to run out of gas and shut down both engines.

The victims of the crash were identified as 48-year-old Marty Gutzler; 46-year-old Kimberly Gutzler; their daughter, 9-year-old Piper Gutzler; and her cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Wilder. All four were from Illinois.

Police say the name of the 7-year-old passenger is being withheld at the request of family.

FAA authorities say the small Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers as it was flying over the southwestern part of Kentucky about 5:55 p.m. CST that day.

About a half hour later, a Lyon County resident called 911 and told dispatchers that a 7-year-old girl had walked to his home and said she had been involved in a plane crash.

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