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Northern Kentucky family survives plane crash

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EDGEWOOD, KY (FOX19) - A northern Kentucky family has survived a plane crash in Virginia.

Robert Lonneman, 60, of Edgewood, was piloting a 1974 Piper 160 Cherokee Saturday afternoon when the Russell County Sheriff says he encountered some fog, and suddenly saw a mountain in front of him. Trees scratched against the belly of the plane, sheering off the wing and the propeller, and the plane slammed into the side of the mountain.

"It was remarkable there wasn't any fire," said Sheriff's Major Bill Watson with the Russell County Sheriff's Dept. "That the plane dropped out of the sky like that and didn't burst into flames."

Lonneman's wife, Cynthia, 56, and daughter, Terra Lonneman, 25, of Covington, were also on board. The family left Lunken Airport on Saturday morning to attend a wedding in Charleston, S.C.

Police say Terra managed to dial 911 with her cell phone and described the area as best she could to dispatchers. She left her parents behind to find help, ripping clothes from her suitcase to leave a trail.

Three hours later, Terra met a rescue team at the bottom of the mountain and they all followed her clothing trail back to her parents.

"He (Robert) said it was by the grace of God that they survived that crash," said Watson.

Cynthia Lonneman suffered a broken nose and some injuries to her hands. Robert had minor injuries, and Terra is also recovering. They are all back home in Northern Kentucky.

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