Loretta Fuddy, Director of the Hawaii Dept. of Health, killed in plane crash off Molokai. 8 others rescued.

Modified Date: 
Thu, 05/05/2016 - 6:48pm
Accident Date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

State health director dies in plane crash off Molokai.

A top Hawaii official is dead following a plane crash off Molokai.

Last moments recounted of official killed in crash.

In the final moments of her life, Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy clung to the hand of her deputy after a small plane taking them back to Honolulu crashed in the ocean off the island of Molokai.

State health director killed in Hawaii plane crash.

A small plane carrying nine people crashed into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing the director of the state Department of Health, officials said. The eight others onboard, including the pilot, survived.

Hawaii state health director killed in plane crash, eight others survive.

Loretta Fuddy, the director of the state Department of Health, died after a small plane crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai on Wednesday. Eight other passengers aboard the plane survived.

Hawaii official who died after crash wore infant life vest

Hawaii's former health director who died after a plane she was traveling in crashed into the ocean was wearing an infant life vest and the pilot didn't give a safety briefing before takeoff, according to details in a National Transportation Safety Board report.

A small plane carrying nine people crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing the director of the state Department of Health, officials said. The eight others survived. A pilot and eight passengers were on board the Makani Kai Air plane, which was scheduled to take off at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and fly to Honolulu. It went down about a half-mile northwest of Kalaupapa peninsula, Maui Fire Department spokesman said in a statement. The director of the state Department of Health, Loretta Fuddy, and the department’s deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, were on the flight, department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said. They were at Kalaupapa for an annual visit, Okubo said. Hawaii once exiled people with leprosy, or Hansen’s disease to Kalaupapa from 1866 through 1969. The plane was a Cessna Grand Caravan. A Coast Guard spokesperson said a Coast Guard helicopter rescued 3 passengers out of the water and Maui fire crews picked up others. One person swam ashore. McKenzie said the helicopter brought three people to Honolulu for medical treatment, while a Coast Guard plane took five people to Maui. The remote peninsula on the north side of Molokai (pronounced moh-loh-KY’-ee) island is still a leprosy settlement run by the state Health Department, though only a few former leprosy patients continue to live there. Kalaupapa is also home to a national park.
People Involved: 
Loretta Fuddy
Keith Yamamoto

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