The lone survivor of a tragic plane crash that killed four is an 11-year-old girl who was bear-hugged by her dad before he got killed.
Laney Perdue was on the plane with her father and three other adults when the aircraft tragically crashed as it flew over Lake Michigan on Saturday (13 Nov).
All of the adults on board tragically died in the crash, but 11-year-old Laney managed to survive, thanks her hero dad, Mike Perdue, who wrapped his arms around her to protect her from impact.
Rescue services rushed to the scene of the crash but Laney and another man were the only ones still alive, The Mirror reports.
Laney was given a chest compression while she was transferred to a hospital but the other man tragically died.
"It’s her last memory before the crash," Laney’s mother Christina Perdue, who with Mike had four children, said in a statement obtained by WZZM on Sunday.
"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," Ms Perdue added.
"Our prayers are also with our island community and the other souls lost in the accident."
The young girl reportedly remains in hospital after she suffered several fractures and has undergone several surgeries.
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Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, a friend of the Perdues, told CNN.
Couple Kate Leese, 35, and Adam Kendall, 37, were also sadly killed in the crash.
They were said to be taking 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.
Talking to CNN about his friend's heroic efforts to spare his daughter's life, Mr Wojan said: "He cradled her in his arms.
"She doesn't remember anything, except for her daddy squeezing her so hard."
He added all the girl's injuries were on the opposite side of where her dad was sitting in the plane.
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