Plane Crash on Lake Michigan Island Kills Four; Girl, 11, Survives

November 14, 2021, 1:55 PM

Kate Leese and Adam Kendall

A twin-engine commuter plane crashed Saturday on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan, killing four of five aboard, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office. An 11-year-old girl survived and is in stable  condition.

Among the dead was a couple, Kate Leese and Adam Kendall of Beaver Island, who planned to open a winery and vineyard there, reports The Detroit News. Mike Perdue of Gaylord and the pilot also died.

Perdue's daughter was the survivor, according to the Petoskey News-Review, which also says two dogs died in the crash.

Beaver Island is about 32 miles from Charlevoix in the lower Peninsula.

The 1:30 p.m. flght aboard a Britten-Norman BN-2A left Charlevoix Airport for the island.

The pilot and the girl were flown by helicopter to a Petosky hospital. The pilot later died.

The News reports:

Leese, 35, a biochemist who grew up in Charlevoix, and Kendall, 37, an attorney and Jackson native, recently moved to Beaver Island after traveling the country for years.

They planted 2,100 vines on a fallow field this past spring with the dream of opening Antho Vineyards, a winery and tasting room that was welcomed by the island's local community of just 600 people.

-- Allan Lengel

Read more:  The Detroit News

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