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Hawaii plane crash kills state official: 8 survivors pulled from ocean

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A Hawaii plane crash took the life of a Hawaii state official. A plane carrying nine people crashed into the ocean after experiencing engine failure. Loretta Fuddy, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, died when the small plane went down off the Molokai Kalaupapa peninsula Wednesday night, according to Reuters on Dec. 12.

Fuddy made national headlines back in 2011 when she released a copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate during the media storm claiming the President wasn’t born in America. Luddy was the only one to die in this plane crash, there were eight survivors. Some of the survivors were injured, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The plane came down in the ocean and the pilot and six of the passengers waited with the plane in the water for help. One of the injured passengers swam to shore. The Cessna 208 Caravan was operated by Makani Kai Air, which flies between Oahu and Molokai.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, who appointed Fuddy in 2011, released a statement regarding the death of Fuddy:

"Our hearts are broken. Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii."

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