|Born||April 12, 1948|
|Died||December 11, 2013 (Age 65)|
Pacific Ocean, (Off the coast of Molokai)
|Victim of||premature death|
Loretta Fuddy was Mayor of Kalawao County when she died, reportedly due to a small plane crash. The Huffington Post reported that although she evacuated the plane safely, she later died from a stress-related cardiac arrhythmia.
The Huffington Post reported that "Fuddy was the only fatality in the crash. All the passengers, including Fuddy, safely evacuated the plane and activated life-vests, but according to a newly released autopsy, Fuddy suffered a cardiac arrhythmia while floating in the water, waiting for rescuers. Her brother, Lewis Fuddy, says that she did not have any known heart problems, but according to Maui County police, the arrhythmia was the result of stress."
The LA Times reported:"Fuddy, 65, was among nine people in a Cessna that crashed into the ocean Wednesday, shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai about 3:15 p.m. The 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."
The NTSB investigative report stated that "the airline transport pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, one passenger was fatally injured, and five passengers received minor injuries." Some footage of the plane crash exists.