Dozens of wildfires ravaging forests in Appalachia are prompting mass evacuations — including an entire town in western North Carolina, a state official said. The Party Rock Fire, which has consumed about 2,000 acres, was headed toward Lake Lure, a community of about 1,200 people, beside a lake by the same name in Chimney Rock…
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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…
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FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities blame high winds for the crash of a single-engine plane as it tried to take off from Sawyer International Airport in the central Upper Peninsula. The pilot escaped injury.
TV stations WLUC and WBUP say the Cessna flipped about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The airport is in Marquette County’s Forsyth Township, about 15 miles south of Marquette.
The crash temporarily halted air traffic at the airport. The plain sustained significant damage.
An investigation is continuing.
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