Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy Killed in Plane Crash Off of Molokai


Loretta Fuddy, the director of Hawaii's Department of Health, died in a plane crash off Molokai Wednesday.

She was one of nine people aboard a Makani Kai Air flight scheduled to take off at 3:15 p.m. and fly to Honolulu. The flight crashed about a half-mile off the coast of Molokai. All others on board the flight were rescued, including Keith Yamamoto, the health department's deputy director, and the pilot.

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. Three people were transported to Molokai General Hospital and three people to Oahu, while two people declined treatment, remaining in Kalaupapa.

Fuddy's death had not been officially announced late Wednesday but word spread throughout the afternoon and evening that she was the one who died in the accident. By early evening, local news outlets were leading with the story.

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