Authorities say that a minor plane accident on Lake Michigan’s island claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl, who was killed along with her father and three others.
The crash took place at Welke Airport on Beaver Island in north Lake Michigan, just below Upper Peninsula. Lt. William Church, Charlevoix County, Michigan reported the Sheriff’s Office to ABC News Sunday.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration release, the twin-engine BrittonNorman BN-2 aircraft crashed at the airport upon landing after taking off from Charlevoix (Michigan), about 52 miles away.
A Great Lakes Coast Guard helicopter crew was in the area and responded to an urgent call from the island. Coast guard officials stated that it flew the child and adult who were seriously injured to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey.
Coast Guard officials confirmed that the victim was pronounced dead by the sheriff’s office.
In a tweet, the Great Lakes Coast Guard stated that the helicopter crew did “chest compressions” to the girl on her way to the hospital.
Although the church claimed that the girl was at hospital on Sunday, it did not have any information regarding the child’s health.
Church confirmed that Mike Perdue (a Gaylord, Michigan, real estate agent) was the father of the child who was injured in the crash.
Christina Perdue, Perdue’s spouse, claimed that her husband was hugging Laney, his 11-year old daughter, when the plane crashed.
“We are devastated by the loss of our husband, a father and brother to us, as well as a friend. He gave us the best bear hugging and I believe he protected our daughter. Christina Perdue said that it was her last memory of the crash. Sunday in a statement. “Laney, our daughter, is stable and being cared for at a children’s hospital in Grand Rapids. Our prayers go out to our island community and the other souls lost in the accident.”
Church also identified a couple who were killed in the incident as Kate Leese, and Adam Kendall.
Church reported that the sheriff’s Office withheld the name the pilot who died in order to notify family members.
The Petoskey News ReviewAccording to reports, Kendall and Leese are new residents on Beaver Island and plan to plant a vineyard.
The National Transportation Safety Board (FAA) is investigating the causes of the crash.