A single 11-year-old girl who survived a plane crash on Michigan Island that killed four people over the weekend said her father was dead to save her as the plane went down.
An Island Airways passenger plane departed from Charlevoix’s Beaver Island Airport at 1.32pm on Saturday afternoon with five people and crashed just 15 minutes west of Mackinaw City, near Welke airport.
Lieutenant William Church of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office identified three of the deceased as Kate Lees and Adam Kendall of Beaver Island and Mike Purdue of Gaylord.
Authorities have not revealed the name of the pilot who died. Perdue’s 11-year-old daughter, Laney, was seriously injured in the crash and was hospitalized in stable condition on Sunday.
Laney’s mother, Christina Purdue, told ABC News that her daughter’s last memory of the flight was that her father would protect her from the impact.
11-year-old Laney Purdue (left and right) emerged as the only survivor of Saturday’s plane crash in Michigan, which killed four people, including her father, Mike Purdue (left)
Kate Lees (left) and Adam Kendall (right) were killed in an accident on Beaver Island
Remains of twin-engine Britain-Norman aircraft depicted on Saturday at Welke Airport in Beaver Island, Michigan
After the accident, a person is loaded into the back of an ambulance
‘We are saddened by the loss of my husband, father, brother, son and friend. He gave the best bear hugs and I believe he caught and protected our daughter, ‘said Christina. ‘Our prayers are with our island community and other souls lost in the accident.’
The CaringBridge page has been launched on Christina’s behalf to update well-wishers on her daughter’s progress. According to the description, Laney was alert at the time of her rescue and was able to give her mother’s name and phone number to first responders.
‘She is a soldier and is very strong,’ the page reads. ‘There are many fractures and injuries but most of them heal themselves, another miracle!’
According to Sunday’s entry, the 11-year-old underwent surgery to insert a pin into her left foot and allow her jaw to ‘heal and align’.
Meanwhile, loved ones have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the Purdue family financially, which has received more than $ 53,000 in donations as of Monday.
Mike Perdue worked as a real estate agent in Gaylord, Michigan, where he lived with his wife, their two daughters and two young sons.
Christina Perdue (right) said her daughter (far left) would protect her before her daughter Laney’s final memory impacted.
The crash took the lives of Lees, 35, and Kendall, 37, who posted a video of the plane that captured Beaver Island just days before the fatal crash. Two dogs of the couple who were aboard the plane Saturday also died.
Lees, a biochemist and Kendall, a lawyer, recently moved to Beaver Island after years of travel. They planned to open Antho Vineyards, Winery and Tasting Room on Lake Michigan.
“It feels like a place somewhere along the road, where you can stop and drink wine with new friends,” Lees told the Detroit News in a story published a week before the crash. ‘Our goal is to have that kind of place that brings people together.’
The couple is in the process of renovating a centuries-old farmhouse on the island, and due to its peaceful atmosphere, they decided to make it their new home.
“As soon as we pulled into the marina here, we knew this was the level of calm we were looking for,” Kendall told the newspaper. At night, there is almost complete silence here. … This is where we are looking for our next destination. ‘
He referred to himself as a ‘commuter-turned-farmer’ on social media and said he lives in 200+ places on Airstream. [an] Old boat from 2016. ‘
On Thursday, he posted a video showing the wheels of a plane hovering several miles off the shore of Beaver Island, with the caption: ‘Flying the big dog back to his third vet appointment (again!). Cross all fingers and toes for good news. ‘
In another post, on October 29, the couple shared another picture of the plane they took off the island, showing each of the colored trees around a road leading to the beach.
It’s like: ‘That little road leads to our favorite campgrounds, and now we somehow live on the other side of the epic gaze. Life is haunted. ‘
Lees and Kendall posted a ‘family photo’ outside their trailer on Friday
They used their Instagram to share photos of their dogs, Frank and Barker, who died in Saturday’s fatal crash.
Just days before the fatal crash, the couple posted a video of the plane taking off the island
They used their shared Instagram page ‘Life Withoutouting’ to post pictures of their cross-country adventures and share photos of their dogs Frank and Barker.
One post posted Friday showed two dogs lying on the couch in the back of an ambulance, and another post the same day showing Lees and Kendall standing outside the trailer with their two dogs. ‘Family photo.’
‘We have had this airstream for six years and this is our first family photo in the doorway,’ the caption read. Thank you @mmivphoto for these impromptu happy shots. I always want to remind you of this. ‘
The Beaver Island Fire Department has released a picture (above) of the scene after the plane crashed on its way to Welke Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the twin-engined Britain-Norman aircraft with the pilot and four passengers was flying from Charlevoix, Michigan’s lower peninsula.
The plane crashed as it landed at Welke Airport, 35 miles away.
The Coast Guard helicopter received emergency alert for the accident while conducting training. It is reported that they can see the remains on the island and local medical teams are already responding.
The helicopter transported the two men to the hospital – Mike and Laney Purdue.
Officers were compressing the chest while transporting an 11-year-old girl to Petoskey’s hospital, the Coast Guard said.
Her father initially survived but was injured on the way to the hospital.
Laney was later transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for further treatment.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating with the help of the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to Island Airways, it was the first accident on an airline.
Another airline departing Beaver Island suffered a fatal crash on a snowy day in February 2001, when a pilot and passenger died when a plane crashed into a tree bush about two miles from the airport runway.
According to a news-review, the mother and her three children survived and were waiting in the woods to be rescued, tolerating the winter temperatures for more than 15 hours.