A Hawaii plane crash killed only the woman who had confirmed Obama’s birth certificate. Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaii official who had confirmed the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii, died on Wednesday afternoon in a small-plane crash. All other eight passengers and the pilot survived, reported USA Today on Dec. 12, 2013.
Hawaiian Health Director Loretta Fuddy was in the national headlines in April of 2011 when she verified that certified copies of President Obama’s birth certificate were authentic. The controversy whether President Obama was in fact born in the United States or in Kenya put his presidency on the line since only natural born American citizens can become president.
"I have seen the original records filed at the Department of Health and attest to the authenticity of the certified copies the department provided to the President that further prove the fact that he was born in Hawaii," said the woman who authenticated Obama’s birth certificate.
On Wednesday, a tragic Hawaii plane crash claimed the life of 65-year-old Hawaiian Health Director Loretta Fuddy.
The woman who had confirmed President Obama’s birth certificate was the only fatality in the plane crash. All other eight passengers survived when the plane crashed into the ocean about a mile off Kalaupapa, Molokai.
After the Hawaii plane crashed into the ocean, a Maui Fire Department helicopter picked up four people, a Coast Guard helicopter rescued three people from the water, and one person swam to shore.
According to the pilot of the single-engine turboprop Cessna Grand Caravan, the plane experienced problems shortly after take-off from Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time.
"What he reported is after takeoff ... there was catastrophic engine failure," said Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman. "He did the best he can to bring the aircraft down safely and he got everybody out of the aircraft." Owner Richard Schuman of Makani Kai Air also commented that the pilot did his best to get the single-engine plane down safely and keep the passengers together in the waters off Molokai.
One witness shared the last moments of the woman who had confirmed Obama's birth certificate. "They were in their life preservers. At some point she let go, and there was no response."
Rev. Patrick Killilea, pastor of St. Francis Church at Kalaupapa, gave the only victim in the Hawaii plane crash her final rites after her body had been taken to a care home. "I did give her conditional last rites, not knowing exactly what time she passed," he said. "From what I understand, she could have been deceased for a couple of hours."
An investigation into the Hawaii plane crash that killed the woman who confirmed Obama’s birth certificate is ongoing. However, the NTSB reports that based on the location of the crash, it is unlikely that the plane can be recovered.