4 people killed in plane crash on Michigan’s Beaver Island

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Nov 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-14 16:54:08-05

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (AP MODIFIED) — Authorities say four of five people aboard a commuter plane have died when it crashed on an island in Lake Michigan.

The victims in the deadly crash included a real estate agent and a couple who were planning to open a winery and vineyard on Beaver Island.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office says the plane went down Saturday at around 1:30 p.m. at an airport on Beaver Island, just off Michigan’s northern peninsula and west of Mackinaw City.

The Coast Guard district that serves the Great Lakes region tweeted that aircrew members conducted a medical evacuation of a man and an 11-year-old girl who were taken to a hospital.

The sheriff's office confirmed some of the identities of the people aboard the twin-engine Britten-Norman plane to 7 Actions News on Sunday. Passengers Mike Perdue, Kate Leese, Adam Kendall and two dogs died in the crash. The pilot, whose name was not yet released, also died.

The 11-year-old girl, Perdue's daughter, is the only person who survived. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Perdue was a real estate agent. Leese and Kendall had moved to Beaver Island to open a winery.

There was no initial information on the circumstances surrounding the crash.