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Hawaii plane crash: Woman killed in crash, sudden engine failure a cited cause

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A Hawaii plane crash left a woman killed this week with several other people, believed to be eight, on board the flight. The woman was a Hawaii state health official that came into the public light after she released an official copy of President Barack Obama’s legal birth certificate back in 2011. Loretta Fuddy died in the plane crash when the engine failed off island of Molokai, Yahoo! News reveals this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The Hawaii plane crash was being operated by a small carrier in the region, and according to early reports, crashed down only 300 yards away from the Molokai shore late Wednesday night on a flight from one island to another. Loretta Fuddy served as director of the Hawaii Department of Health, and was the only plane crash victim who died in the harrowing incident.

Both the pilot and all seven other passengers survived the Hawaii plane crash, though the extent of their injuries varied. Following the engine failing and the flight going down, the pilot was able to send out an emergency call to the U.S. Coast Guard, who quickly initiated an islands-wide search. At least one of the passengers was said to be in well enough condition to swim to shore from the crash site. Another passenger who survived the scare was Keith Yamamoto, who served as Fuddy’s Hawaii Health Department deputy and spokesman.

"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," Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, who appointed Fuddy in 2011, said in a statement.

Although details on the tragic Hawaii plane crash are still coming in at this time, it is known that the flight was scheduled by Makani Kai Air; the flight was taking passengers from Oahu to Molokai. An exact cause for the accident has not yet been cited, though engine failure is believed to have been the primary cause.

Stated the press release: “Makani Kai Air owner Richard Schuman told local KITV4 that the crash was caused by engine failure and that the pilot tried to bring the plane down safely and keep the passengers together after they were in the ocean. Schuman did not respond to calls from Reuters requesting comment.”

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