A small commuter plane, a twin-engine Britton-Norman BN-2 aircraft, crashed at Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, Michigan, United States at around 1:30 p.m. on November 13, 2021. It killed four of the five people aboard.
The flight was heading from Charlevoix, Michigan to Welke Airport on Beaver Island. The name of the pilot, who died as a result of the crash, was being withheld by the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office pending notification of relatives.
One of the passengers who died was real estate agent Mike Perdue of Gaylord, Michigan. He was Christina Perdue‘s husband.
Christina and Mike’s daughter, 11, was the only survivor of the crash. In a statement obtained by ABC 13, Christina said, “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,” Christina said of Mike. “It’s her last memory before the crash.”
The other two passengers who were killed by the crash were Adam Kendall, 37, and Kate Leese, 35. They were a couple who recently moved to Beaver Island.
Kendall was an attorney who was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan while Leese was a biochemist who grew up in Charlevoix. Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the couple planted 2,100 vines on a fallow field on Beaver Island.
It was Kendall and Leese’s dream to open a winery and tasting room called Antho Vineyards on Beaver Island. They planned to have a place on the island where people could have a glass of wine with new friends.
Beaver Island, the third largest island in Michigan, is located around 32 miles from Charlevoix. There are two lighthouses on the island namely the Beaver Island Head Lighthouse and the Beaver Island Harbor Light, which were erected in 1858 and 1870, respectively.