December 8, 2021

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Beaver Island Plane Crash Victims Are Identified – 9 & 10 News – 9&10 News

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The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office says the four people who died in a plane crash on Beaver Island include a local real estate agent and a couple who were planning to open a winery and vineyard on the island.

Lieutenant William Church identified three of the victims as Kate Leese and Adam Kendall of Beaver Island and Mike Perdue of Gaylord.

Authorities have not released the name of the pilot who also died in the crash.

Perdue’s 11-year-old daughter was seriously injured and as of Sunday, is still hospitalized.

A fire will be lit in Nathan Altman’s steel sculpture adjacent to downtown’s South Marina for anyone to gather in memory of the victims.

The fire will stay lit until Monday evening when a candlelight vigil starts at 6:30 p.m.

Adam and Kate just celebrated their birthdays on November 5th. They spent the year traveling and were planning on opening Antho Vineyards, a winery and tasting room, on the island.

A week before the crash, the couple told Detroit News their goal of the winery was to bring people together.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for the Perdue family, Perdue’s daughter, Laney, was airlifted to Petoskey and then drove to Grand Rapids for further care.

The page says she is alert and talking and is able to tell doctors her mom’s name and phone number.

The page says Laney suffered many broken bones and injuries, but most will heal on their own.

The GoFundMe page can be found here.

The twin-engine Britten-Norman plane was flying from Charlevoix into Welke Airport when it crashed Saturday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the deadly crash.

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