Harrowing footage has emerged of the moment that a small aircraft crashed just off the coast of Hawaii last month, which was recorded by one of the plane’s passengers.
The incident resulted in the death of state health official, Loretta Fuddy, the woman who had previously been responsible for the release of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
ABC News have now released the footage, which shows the plane descending towards the ocean before it eventually collides with the water. Passengers then begin to pile out of the aircraft as water starts to rush inside.
However, despite the gravity of their situation, the plane’s passengers calmly exit the sinking vessel before they then rest on top of the wing waiting to be rescued. You can watch the incredible footage above.
65-year-old Fuddy was the only person on board to die in the crash, and the eight surviving passengers were either rescued or swam to shore. Fuddy did actually make it out of the plane after it made its emergency landing, however she later died because of the injuries that she sustained in the collision.
The cause of the crash was engine failure. The single engine of the 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan failed almost immediately after the aircraft took off from Molokai as it headed towards Honolulu.
Rev. Patrick Killilea has since remarked that Keith Yamamoto, Fuddy’s deputy director, attempted to relax his boss as she came to terms with the ordeal.
The priest recalled, “He recounted how he said he helped Loretta into her life jacket and he held her hand for some time. They were all floating together and she let go and there was no response from her.”
Various other images have emerged of Fernando Puenes, bobbing up and down in the water as he holds onto a piece of debris and waits to be rescued. You can check out pictures of him below:
Another passenger, C. Phillips Hollstein has also been discussing the crash, admitting that it all took place extremely quickly.
“We probably weren’t a minute out,” he remarked. “It wasn’t real loud or anything. Just a muffled bang. Then we were a glider.” He then added that the plane lost all of its power before the pilot manoeuvred a water landing on the its belly.
He then described how everyone exited the aircraft, noting, “Everyone was real quiet. We hit (the water) and it was all about getting the belts off. There wasn’t panic or anything. It was very orderly. It wasn’t like any of the movies or the TV shows.”