As a plane crashed in Michigan, killing everyone but her, her father shielded her 11-year-old daughter.
BEAVER ISLAND, MI – The 11-year-old girl who was the sole survivor of a weekend plane crash on Beaver Island told her mother that her father shielded her as she and four other passengers crashed-landed Saturday afternoon.
Laney Perdue is in stable condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, according to ABC News, but she has informed her mother, Christina, about her father’s actions.
Christina Perdue said in a statement released Sunday, “It’s her last memory before the crash.”
Mike Perdue, Laney’s father, and three other people died in the accident, which happened around 1:30 p.m.
Saturday at Welke Airport, which is located off the coast of Charlevoix on a small island in Lake Michigan.
Kate Leese and Adam Kendall, both of Beaver Island, were the other victims in the crash.
The pilot died in the crash as well, but their identity has not been revealed.
“The death of my husband, a father, brother, son, and friend, has left us heartbroken.
“He gave the best bear hugs, and I believe he grabbed and protected our daughter,” Christina Perdue said.
The Perdue family has set up a GoFundMe account, which you can find here.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation into the crash.
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