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Couple who died in Beaver Island plane crash posted a video of their flight over the island


A Michigan couple who died in a plane crash that killed everyone on board, except for an 11-year-old girl, posted a video of a flight they took over Beaver Island just days before the fatal accident.

Kate Lease and Adam Kendal had recently moved to the island in Northern Lake Michigan and were reportedly planning on opening a vineyard together called Antho Vineyards when they were killed in a fatal crash on the island Saturday afternoon.

The couple referred to themselves on social media as ‘travelers-turned-farmers’ on their social media profile, and said they had lived in ‘200+ places in an Airstream and [an] old boat since 2016.’ 

On Thursday, they posted a video showing the wheels of a flight they were taking hovering several miles above the Beaver Island shoreline, with the caption: ‘Flying (again!) to take the big dog back to his third vet appointment. Crossing all the fingers and toes for better news.’

In another post, on October 29, the couple shared another image of a flight they took over the island, showing trees of every color surrounding one road leading to the beach. 

It read: ‘That little bitty road leads to one of our favorite campgrounds, and now somehow we live on the other side of the epic view. Life is wild.’

Kate Lease (left) and Adam Kendal (right) were two victims of Saturday’s plane crash, which also killed Mike Perdue and the pilot, who has yet to be identified. Perdue’s daughter, 11, was the only survivor

They posted a 'family photo' outside their trailer on Friday

They posted a ‘family photo’ outside their trailer on Friday

They also used their Instagram to share photos of their dogs, Frank and Barker, who were also killed in the fatal crash on Saturday

They also used their Instagram to share photos of their dogs, Frank and Barker, who were also killed in the fatal crash on Saturday

Just days before the fatal crash, the couple posted a video of a flight they took over the island

Just days before the fatal crash, the couple posted a video of a flight they took over the island

They used their shared Instagram page,’lifewithoutwaiting,’ to post pictures of their cross-country adventures and share photos of their dogs, Frank and Barker.

One posted on Friday showed the two dogs laying on top of a bed in the back of an ambulance they converted into a living space, and another posted that same day featured Lease and Kendal standing outside a trailer with their two dogs, which they called a ‘family photo.’

‘We’ve owned this airstream going on six years and this is our very first family photo in the doorway,’ the caption read. ‘Thanks @mmivphoto for these impromptu happy shots. I always want to remember us like this.’ 

Kendal, Lease and their two dogs all perished in the plane crash on Saturday afternoon that also killed local realtor Mike Perdue and the pilot, whose name has not yet been released.

An 11-year-old girl, Laney Perdue, was the only survivor. 

The Beaver Island Fire Department released a picture of the scene (above) after the plane crashed on its way into Welke Airport

The Beaver Island Fire Department released a picture of the scene (above) after the plane crashed on its way into Welke Airport

The Island Airways passenger flight was flying from Beaver Island Airport in Charlevoix into Welke Airport at the time of the crash, according to the Petosky News-Review

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office said that the plane took off at 1.32pm with the five passengers and crashed when nearing the airport at 1.47pm.

A Coast Guard helicopter was conducting training when they received the emergency alarm of the accident. They could reportedly see debris on the island and local medical teams already responding.

The helicopter airlifted two people to the hospital – a man and the 11-year-old girl. Only the youngster survived.

The Coast Guard said that officers were performing chest compressions on her while she was being rushed to the hospital.

She was in stable condition as of Sunday afternoon, according to ABC News, and said she remembers her father protecting her as the plane crash-landed.

According to Island Airways, this is the first crash the airline has ever had.

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. 

Another airline operating out of Beaver Island experienced a fatal crash on a foggy day in February 2001 when a pilot and passenger were killed when the plane landed in a thicket of trees nearly two miles short of the airport runway.

A mother and her three children survived and waited in the woods to be rescued, withstanding winter temperatures for more than 15 hours, according to the News-Review.  



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