Dad's final act for girl, 11, before dying in horrific plane crash with three others

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An 11-year-old girl, who was the sole survivor in a plane crash has revealed to her mother her father's final actions which saved her life.

On Saturday, a plane crashed on Michigan's Beaver Island, killing four people, one of which was Mike Perdue, the father of an 11-year-old girl who survived the crash.

Laney Perdue is currently in hospital in a stable condition and her mother, Christina Perdue, revealed what her daughter's last memory of the crash was.

Ms Perdue said Laney remembers her dad protecting her as the plane crashed.

Mike Perdue's 11-year-old daughter was the sole survivor of the plane crash. Source: WZZM-TV
Mike Perdue's 11-year-old daughter was the sole survivor of the plane crash. Source: WZZM-TV

"We are heartbroken with the loss of my husband, a father, brother, son and friend, Christina Perdue said, according to ABC News. 

"He gave the best bear hugs, and I believe he grabbed our daughter and protected her."

Initially, another man survived the crash, the US Coast Guard Great Lakes said on Twitter.

Following the crash the man and Laney were taken to hospital.

"The helicopter crew members landed and offered assistance and were able to hoist and transport an 11-year-old-female and a male adult to McLaren Hospital in Petoskey, MI," the Coast Guard said on Twitter.

"Chest compressions were being conducted on the 11-year-old in route to the hospital."

Four people were killed in the plane crash on Beaver Island over the weekend. Source: WZZM-TV
Four people were killed in the plane crash on Beaver Island over the weekend. Source: WZZM-TV

However the male was pronounced dead at the hospital, the sheriff confirmed.

Three of the victims in the crash have been identified as Mr Perdue, Kate Leese and Adam Kendall. The fourth victim has not been named.

Ms Leese and Mr Kendall had recently moved to Beaver Island, according to Detroit News and had dreams to open up their own winery.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Perdue family.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Perdue family, after father, Mike, died, and Lamey recovers in hospital. Source: GoFundMe
A GoFundMe has been set up for the Perdue family, after father, Mike, died, and Laney recovers in hospital. Source: GoFundMe

The fundraiser said after Laney was taken to Petoskey, she was then transported to DeVos in Grand Rapids.

She was reportedly alert and talking to medics, being able to give them her mother's name and phone number. 

"She is being a trooper and so strong. There are many broken bones and injuries but most of them are ones that are going to heal on their own, another miracle!" the GoFundMe said.

The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated by authorities.

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