Ferdinand Puentes, one of the passengers on board the plane that crashed in Hawaii last month, killing state Health Director Loretta Fuddy, shockingly had his GoPro camera rolling throughout the entire situation.
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On Dec. 11, the Cessna Grand Caravan that was Honolulu-bound experienced some sort of engine failure shortly after take-off from the island of Molokai. The Pilot, Clyde Kawasaki, pulled off a bravem last minute emergency water landing, which luckily allowed all 8 passengers to escape the sinking airplane. Footage from the GoPro shows the terrifying moment of impact, as well as passengers, all wearing lifevests, bobbing in the water, some holding onto the wings of the airplane.
The crash made national headlines because Loretta Fuddy, the only death in the incident, was the state official who had verified and approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate. Many in the “birther” movement, including Donald Trump, implied that Fuddy’s death was suspicious and somehow involved the White House as well as the government.
Fuddy was reportedly holding hands with her friend and deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, while in the water, but then let go for an unknown reason and was pronounced dead when rescue crews reached her 80 minutes after the crash. The medical examiner’s report on what killed her has not yet been released, and the National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the plane’s engine failure.