Mike Perdue, certainly one of 4 individuals who died in a light-commuter aircraft crash close to Beaver Island Saturday, shielded his daughter throughout it, Ryan Wojan advised CNN.
“He cradled her in his arms,” Wojan mentioned. “She does not bear in mind something, aside from her daddy squeezing her so arduous.”
The 11-year-old is the only real survivor.
All of her accidents have been on the alternative aspect of the place her dad was sitting within the aircraft, mentioned Wojan, who has been in shut contact with Perdue’s spouse because the accident.
Perdue’s spouse “wished to make certain that everybody knew who he was and the way he gave his life for his daughter,” Wojan mentioned. The couple has 4 kids.
The lady, who stays hospitalized, suffered a number of fractures and has undergone two surgical procedures however none of her accidents are life-threatening, Wojan added.
Two of the deceased, Kate Leese and Adam Kendall, have been taking their canines to the vet within the aircraft, a member of the family advised CNN. Each animals died within the crash, authorities mentioned over the weekend.
Charlevoix County Sheriff Lieutenant William Church mentioned the pilot was the fourth sufferer. He has not been recognized.
In latest Instagram posts, the couple shared pictures of their canines and flights over the island.
Amanda Danielle Leese, Kate’s sister, advised CNN the couple was destined for nice issues.
“Kate and Adam have been meant for one another. They lived 20 lives within the time they knew one another. Kate was bigger than life,” Leese mentioned. “She wished to expertise the world. She wished to style it. She wished to discover it and Adam was proper there along with her.”
Avid fishermen and hunters, Wojan and Perdue have been assembly on Beaver Island for the opening day of firearm deer season. The lady was going to fulfill a household pal for the weekend, Wojan advised CNN.
Wojan flew to Beaver Island three hours earlier than the Perdues on the identical aircraft.
Perdue was the managing dealer and co-owner of Smith Realty Group, with Wojan.
“He was all the time a giver… and was such an essential a part of the neighborhood,” Wojan mentioned.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mentioned the Britton-Norman BN2P aircraft crashed round 2:30 p.m. ET.
The FAA and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board are investigating the reason for the crash, the FAA mentioned.