TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Michael Skupin, who suffered severe burns as a contestant on "Survivor II: The Australian Outback," is a survivor once again.
Skupin, his pregnant wife, Penny, and 3-year-old daughter, Emily, escaped serious injury Sunday when their twin-engine plane made a crash landing along the rocky Lake Michigan shoreline.
"It really is an act of God that we just walked away," Skupin said Monday.
Skupin, 39, was on Mackinac Island for a Michigan Republican conference. He spoke at a religious service Sunday.
He departed in the 1977 Piper fixed-wing aircraft with his family, the pilot and three other passengers.
The plane had been scheduled to stop at Pellston Regional Airport to refuel before heading for Detroit, said Emmet County Sheriff Jeffrey Bodzick. Heavy rain and fog kept the plane from landing, and at some point, the engines failed.
"We knew we were going down," Skupin said. "I prayed the whole time, nonstop. I had a peaceful feeling. ... I just felt, somehow, that we were going to be OK."
The pilot managed to land the plane at the edge of Little Traverse Bay. As the wheels touched down, they caught on rocks and the plane began tumbling. When the plane stopped, it was upside-down.
Skupin and the other occupants in the plane were treated for scratches and bruises at Northern Michigan Hospital.
Indiana woman crowned Mrs. America
HONOLULU (AP) -- Nicole Brink of Indianapolis was crowned Mrs. America during a pageant in Waikiki.
Brink, 26, is a clinical specialist involved in spinal surgical procedures. She and her husband, Chad, have been married for a year.
The pageant was held last Friday night.
Brink will compete in the Mrs. World Pageant in Las Vegas in December.
McBride to donate album proceeds
DALLAS (AP) -- Martina McBride says proceeds from the first month's sales of her new "Greatest Hits" album will be donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Music has the power to heal and I feel it is my privilege as a recording artist, and my duty as an American," the 35-year-old singer said of the donation.
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