Dramatic new footage shows the moment a small plane crashed in Hawaiian waters and resulted in the death of state health official Loretta Fuddy – the woman responsible for releasing President Barack Obama’s longform birth certificate.
The footage obtained by ABC News was taken by a passenger on the plane, who started filming out the window of the flight just moments before it made an emergency water landing.
Water quickly starts to flood the cabin after impact, but everyone on board remains calm and quiet as they exit the sinking aircraft.
Fuddy, 65, was the only person on board to perish in the crash. The other eight people on board, including the pilot, were rescued or swam to shore.
She gained notoriety in 2011 for making President’s Barack Obama’s birth certificate public, attempting to squash rumors that he wasn’t born in the country.
Fuddy was on the flight from Molokai to Oahu after visiting a state-run leper colony on the smaller Hawaiian island.
The incident occurred when the single engine of the 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan failed soon after it took off from Molokai and made its turn toward Honolulu, said Richard Schuman, owner of Makani Kai Air, operator of the plane.
Fuddy made it out of the sinking plane fine, but died after escaping.
In the water, Fuddy held hands with her deputy director Keith Yamamoto as he tried to help her relax, said the Rev. Patrick Killilea, who consoled Yamamoto after the ordeal.