Girl, 11, who was sole survivor of Beaver Island plane crash 'was bear-hugged by dad for protection as flight went down'November 15, 2021
AN 11-year old girl, who became the sole survivor of the tragic Beaver Island plane crash, was revealed to be ‘bear-hugged by dad for protection as the flight went down.'
Laney Perdue was on the aircraft with her father and three other adults when it crashed at the Welke Airport on Beaver Island on Saturday.
Laney was hospitalized in Grand Rapids, Michigan with critical injuries but is currently in stable condition.
The four adults were killed, including the pilot, whose name has not been revealed.
In a statement to ABC News, Laney's mother Christina Perdue, revealed that her daughter's last memory before the crash was her father “bear-hugging her” to protect her.
“We are heartbroken with the loss of my husband, a father, brother, son and friend.
"He gave the best bear hugs, and I believe he grabbed our daughter and protected her."
"Our prayers are also with our island community and the other souls lost in the accident," the mother added.
When the twin-engine Britten-Norman BN-2 crashed at 1.30pm, a helicopter crew arrived on site to rescue Laney and a man that were alive.
Laney was given chest compressions but the man did not survive.
The tragic crash killed Kate Leese, 35, and Adam Kendall, 37, a couple who were looking to open a winery on Beaver Island, according to Detroit News.
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