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The owner of Makani Kai Air says... "I have spoken with the pilot and the initial report was on his departure from Kalaupapa coming back to Honolulu. As he was taking off, there was a catastrophic engine failure," Schuman said. "He described hearing a large bang and he performed the emergency procedure he is trained to do."
Owner Richard Schuman of Makani Kai Air said... It crashed soon after takeoff, after getting into the air and making its turn toward Honolulu...
The location of the wreckage, combined with wind and wave conditions, likely means it won't be recoverable, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss added.
Three people were transported to Molokai General Hospital and three people to Oahu, while two people declined treatment, remaining in Kalaupapa.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said a Coast Guard helicopter rescued three passengers from the water and Maui fire crews picked up others. One person swam ashore.
McKenzie said the helicopter transported three people to Honolulu for medical treatment, while a Coast Guard plane took five people to Maui.
One person was pronounced dead, three were flown to Honolulu and taken by ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center. Another three stayed on Molokai and were hospitalized. The rest did not need any medical help.
After the crash, Fuddy’s body was taken to a care home at Kalaupapa, where Killilea, the pastor of Kalaupapa’s St. Francis Church, said he made the sign of the cross on her forehead as she lay on a gurney surrounded by nurses and the distraught Yamamoto.
...Three survivors were transported by helicopter to a Honolulu hospital; two declined to be medically evacuated; and three were taken to Molokai General Hospital with minor injuries...
Molokai hospital staff helped them dry their clothing and gave them a place to rest until they could get rooms at the island’s only hotel, hospital Vice President Randy Lite said. They checked out of the hotel early Thursday.
Molokai firefighters and the Coast Guard responded to the scene where they found eight people in the water wearing life vests, according to the Maui County Fire Department.
One person died in the tragic crash.
"That person remained in the fuselage of the plane. Not much details. Always a difficult situation when you can't get everyone out, and unfortunately that was the case here," Capt. Seelig said.
Fuddy, 65, was among nine people in a Cessna that crashed into the ocean... eight others on the plane, including the pilot, were rescued, but Fuddy "remained in the fuselage of the plane," Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig told KHON-TV. "It's always a difficult situation when you're not able to get everybody out."
On Thursday, Lt. William Juan with the Maui Police Department said that Fuddy's body had been recovered from the wreckage and that an autopsy would be conducted.
The Rev. Patrick Killilea, pastor of St. Francis Church at Kalaupapa, recalled how he made sign of the cross on Fuddy's forehead when her body was taken to a care home after the crash.
"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."
The priest said Yamamoto shared how he had held Fuddy's hand in the water after the plane went down.
"They were in their life preservers," Killilea said. "At some point she let go, and there was no response."
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.
...In the water, Fuddy held hands with deputy director Keith Yamamoto as he tried to help her relax, said the Rev. Patrick Killilea, who consoled Yamamoto after the ordeal.
“He recounted how he said he helped Loretta into her life jacket and he held her hand for some time,” the priest said. “They were all floating together and she let go and there was no response from her.”
Molokai has some of the most treacherous seas in the world...eight passengers and pilot were forced to try to escape the wreckage and brave large surf and dangerous conditions...
reply to post by Zaphod58
i'm not running away from anything.
the air marshall comment was pages ago and in ONE post, no drift.
the BC however, has Ms Fuddy's assertions all over it, hence, it's relevant, whether you all like it or not.
neither the plane failure, the death or the assertions made by the deceased have anything to do with me other than discussion, why does that bother you?
that's just a typical response from those who are tired of repeating the same ole' lies.
link / NTSB report
According to the NTSB, the pilot of the accident aircraft reported to ATC a failure of his primary attitude indicator shortly before the crash.
I've tried to fill in some answers to questions I asked previously or to point out conflicting news reports...
what exactly does that have to do with a hill of beans or this accident which claimed Ms Fuddy's life ?
I also read the pilots previous record
When Coast Guard rescuers flew to waters near the Hawaiian island of Molokai to the scene of a small plane crash, they found smoking flares from the Navy, nine people floating in yellow life vests and debris scattered across a half-mile of ocean waters with choppy waves about six feet high. The only thing missing — the single-engine plane itself.
One of the survivors in a plane crash off Molokai was determined to get everyone out and into their life vests, even swimming a half mile to shore to flag down help!
Phil Hollstein says he's absolutely thankful to be alive, hailing the pilot, Clyde Kawasaki, a hero.
"I'm guessing the air speed was at least 70 and we hit the water. It's like instant brakes," Hollstein said.
Hollstein says it all happened so fast. His Makani Kai Air flight had just departed Kalaupapa, bound for Honolulu when they heard it.
"Not sure how high. Maybe 300 to 500 feet. It wasn't too long after and we were climbing and then there was a bang. Not too loud, not too quiet, but there was a bang. Then everything quit," Hollstein said.
He says the pilot had only moments to react.
"He did everything by the numbers. He was handling the airplane and just the fact that we got it in there as clean as we did," Hollstein said.
The plane landed right side up. Everyone had their seat belts on and remained calm. Then it was a race against the clock to get everyone out.
"Nothing like the movies. No one was screaming or yelling, just trying to get out of there. And the way it was filling with water, it seemed the best course of action was to just get out of there," Hollstein said.
He says everyone did make it out ok and he helped people get into their life vests.
"There was one couple that had their vests. The guy had a seat cushion to his chest leaning back. He couldn't open it. I went and helped him open it, shoved it over his head, and fired the thing off," Hollstein said.
Hollstein last remembers seeing Health Director Loretta Fuddy with a life vest on. Then he took off swimming for shore.
He got cut up on the rocks, but made it, and flagged down a passing driver for help.
The pilot's son told KHON2 that his dad even gave his own life vest away to one of the passengers to make sure they would be safe.
Friends say Kawasaki suffered broken ribs and a concussion.
Now, I aint saying I think she was murdered or that Obama isnt an American citizen and all that but should be some interesting fodder for discussion.