Laney Perdue, 11, was the only survivor of a plane crash in Michigan over the weekend in which four people were killed – her father is believed to have “grabbed our daughter and protected her”, said heartbroken mother Christina.
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The only survivor of a tragic plane crash that killed four is an 11-year-old girl who was hugged by her father before being killed.
Laney Perdue was on the plane with her father and three other adults when the plane crashed as it flew over Lake Michigan last Saturday.
All four adults on board tragically died in the crash, but Laney, who is only 11, miraculously survived thanks to her father, Mike Perdue, who wrapped his arms around her to protect her from the collision.
Rescue services rushed to the scene of the accident to rescue the passengers, but Laney and another man were the only ones still alive. Laney received chest compression while being transferred to the hospital, but the other man sadly died.
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“This is her last memory before the crash,” Laney’s mother Christina Perdue, who along with Mike had four children, said in a statement obtained by WZZM on Sunday.
“We are devastated by the loss of my husband, a father, brother, son and friend. He gave the best bear hugs and I think he grabbed our daughter and protected her,” Perdue said.
“Our prayers are also for our island community and the other souls who have been lost in the accident.”
The girl reportedly remains in the hospital after suffering several fractures and has undergone surgery, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Ryan Wojan, a family friend of Perdues, told CNN.
The couple Kate Leese, 35, and Adam Kendall, 37, were also killed in the crash, which happened when the twin-engine Britten-Norman BN-2 plane landed around 13.30 local time at Welke Airport.
They were supposed to take their two dogs to the vet on the plane. Both animals were killed in the crash, according to authorities.
The pilot has not yet been identified, while an investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.
Speaking to CNN about his friend’s heroic efforts to spare his daughter’s life, Mr. Wojan: “He rocked her in his arms.
“She remembers nothing except that her father hugged her so hard.”
He added that all of the girl’s injuries were on the opposite side of where her father was sitting in the plane.