A loving father protected his daughter on board a plane that crashed on Michigan’s Beaver Island on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Laney Perdue, 11, is the sole survivor of a plane catastrophe that took the lives of her father, Mike Perdue, and three other people.
“Her last memory is her dad just grabbed her and held her really, really tight,” Laney’s mother, Christie Perdue said of her daughter’s, according to the Newsner.
Laney was suffering only minor injuries on one side of her body. The last huge hugs she got from her father shielded the rest of her body.
The father and daughter flew out of Charlevoix, Michigan, before attempting to land at Welke Airport on Beaver Island, about 20 miles distant. Laney’s last memory of her father is him putting his arm around her during the car crash.
With several fractures, the girl was brought to the hospital and is currently recovering after two surgeries.
Laney “is such a trouper,” according to her mother. And “she has five broken bones all over the place, but she is amazing and she’s inspiring.”
Perdue described her daughter’s survival as “such a tragedy and such a miracle,” though her husband, a realtor from Gaylord, Michigan, did not.
Laney is now rehabilitating at a children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the mother added. She could talk again, and she stood up on Sunday, Nov. 14.
Mike was on the plane as he had planned to meet his friend Ryan Wojan on Beaver Island on the first day of firearm deer season. Both were curious fishermen and hunters. Ryan had already landed on the island before the crash.
Kate Leese and Adam Kendall were on the plane too. Leese and Kendall were on their way to the vet with their pets on the plane.
Unfortunately, the couples and their pets perished in the plane crash.
The plane’s pilot, who is unnamed, was also killed in the tragic crash.
The reason for the crash that killed four people and their pets is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Perdue family has set up a fundraiser in the hopes of seeing Laney recover completely.
My heart is broken for this family 💔 A father dies while likely saving his daughter's life during a plane crash.https://t.co/ZPH32dw40i— Kate Siefert (@KateWWMT) November 16, 2021