"I believe it would make sense that her injuries were on one side, and the other side was with her dad, he was holding her," Christina Perdue said, choking up.
The pilot called a sister-in-law shortly beforehand, telling her to go outside while he flew over her home.
The U.S. Air Force aided in the search that ended with the two being found cuddled together in the woods.
The FAA told WCBS-TV that the plane was a single-engine Cessna 172 and crashed at around 4 p.m. near Lake Kemah in New Jersey.
The craft was reportedly bound for Boston, with its passengers planning to attend an American League Championship Series game between the Red Sox and Astros.
At least two people died when the Cessna C340 crashed in a neighborhood in Santee, California, on Monday.
A fire official said earlier that "at least" two people were killed from the crash, but wasn't able to confirm their identities.
William Kepper was flying in a single-engine Composite Technology Light Sport aircraft from Aiken, South Carolina.
No injuries were reported following the plane crash.
Chandler Police Sergeant Jason McClimans told reporters that two people died in the crash on Friday and both were aboard the helicopter.
Rescuers strapped a harness around the pilot's waist to lower him to safety as the plane dangled nose-first 25 feet above the ground.
Farmington Police Lieutenant Tim McKenzie said that police do not believe that any employees at the building where the plane crashed were injured.
The plane carried five cruise line passengers who were on a sightseeing tour of the Alaskan wilderness.
Three crew members are feared dead after the Ilyushin Il-112V military transport aircraft crashed during a test flight near Moscow.
"However long it takes, we will wait for the weather and wait patiently for it. But we're going to get this done," said Clint Johnson.
"We are thinking of and grieving with the families of the five passengers and our dear friend and pilot aboard the aircraft," said the company that owned the sightseeing plane.
Sajid Thungal set off from his home in the city of Kottayam in the southern state of Kerala in 1974. His family believed he had died two years later.
An investigation into the cause for the crash is still underway, with police considering bad weather, equipment malfunctions or pilot error.
Officials from the Kamchatka region said the plane was on approach in fog and clouds, but it missed a scheduled communication and disappeared from the radar before crashing.
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Shamblin Lara, the controversial founder of the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church, is among seven people presumed dead after a small plane crashed into a lake.
The fighter jet crashed at the southern edge of the Nevada base at around 2:30 p.m. local time on Monday.
"Every one of these pilots needs to go buy a lottery ticket right now," said Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy John Bartmann.
The vintage aircraft crashed in a Nebraska cornfield. There were no injuries reported.
The aircraft was a TBM Avenger #91188, which was delivered to the United States Navy during World War II and then served as a fire bomber with the U.S. Forestry Service.
Air Sergeant Simon Eliastam, of the South African Air Force, was flying a Bristol Blenheim on a training mission in 1942.
Erwin Tumiri, a crew member on the Chapecoense jet, crawled from the wreckage of a coach that crashed down a Bolivian hillside on Tuesday.
The flight from Jakarta and was carrying over 50 passengers and 12 crew, according to Indonesian media reports.