An 11-year-old girl has described the incredible moment her father saved her life by holding her when their plane crashed.
Laney Perdue of Gaylord, Michigan, became the sole survivor of a tragic plane crash on Beaver Island that killed four people.
The horrific accident happened in November when Laney, along with his father Mike, 43, and three other adults boarded a 20-minute flight to the island.
The plane crashed just three miles on landing killing Mike, married couple Kate Leese, 35, Adam Kendall, and pilot William Julian, 55.
In an interview with Everyone Laney recalls moments before the collision occurred.
She said: “I felt this feeling in my stomach like the plane had just lowered altitude and my dad spread his legs like he was lifting something.
“The last thing I remember is Dad giving me the tightest hug ever. I live because of him.”
Miraculously, the little girl survived 11 fractures and injuries to her lips and mouth – according to first responders, it was her father’s hug that protected her from the impact.
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The 11-year-old girl was transported to a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she discovered her father had died in the crash.
She added: “I know he passed away, but I’m not sure,” she said. “I cried and cried at the same time.”
After jaw and leg surgery, Laney was able to walk again at her father’s funeral in December.
Laney’s mother, Christie, and three siblings Addie, Henrik, and Bo are determined to honor Mike every day and have begun writing down his memories in a book on the kitchen counter.
They are also planning to return to Beaver Island.
Christie said: “Years ago he said, ‘Promise me if something happens to me you keep going to the island with the kids.’
“It was the greatest tragedy and the greatest joy. We lost Mike, but we kept Laney.”
Laney describes her dad as “the best girl dad ever” who “celebrates the little moments in life.”
She said: “Every day he wakes up and says, ‘You guys are beautiful. You guys are special. He’s amazing.
“I’m sad, but I know Dad wants us to be okay. He wants us to live.”
ONE GoFundMe Page has been established to help families with expenses.
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