The only person who died was the stupid Democrat who signed off on
Obama's phony birth certificate.
The Hawaiian health official who verified the authenticity of
President Obama's birth certificate died in a small plane crash.
The plane, carrying a pilot and eight passengers, went down
Wednesday in the water a half mile off the Hawaiian island of
Molokai, the Maui Fire Department said. The lone fatality was
Loretta Fuddy, who has served as state health director since January
2011. Tom Matsuda, the interim executive director of Hawaii's health
insurance exchange, confirmed Fuddy's death.
Fuddy, 65, made national news in April 2011 when she verified the
authenticity of certified copies of President Obama's birth
certificate. Obama had requested the release to curb claims by so-
called "birthers" that he was born in Kenya and not eligible to be
Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman told Honolulu-based KITV
that he spoke with the pilot of the single-engine turboprop Cessna
Grand Caravan after the crash.
"What he reported is after takeoff ... there was catastrophic engine
failure," Schuman said. "He did the best he can to bring the
aircraft down safely and he got everybody out of the aircraft."
Schuman said the cause of the engine failure had not yet been
determined. The National Transportation Safety Board was
investigating the crash; NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said that based
on the location of the crash it was unlikely the plane will be
"Our hearts are broken," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement.
"Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly
dedicated and committed to her colleagues in the Department of
Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her
counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her
storehouse of experience."
Matsuda, who worked with Fuddy to set up the state's Obamacare
website, Hawaii Health Connector, called her death "a terrible loss"
for the state.
"I worked closely with Director Fuddy on the Affordable Care Act and
came to know and respect her as a passionate advocate for public
health and a warm, caring human being," Matsuda said.
The plane went down about a half-mile northwest of Kalaupapa
peninsula, which was home to a leper colony until 1969. A handful of
patients still live there. The state health director by law remains
mayor of part of the peninsula, and Fuddy was visiting the peninsula
in that capacity, state Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo
Okubo said the department's deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, also
had been booked on the flight.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said a Coast Guard
helicopter got three passengers out of the water while Maui fire
crews picked up five people. One person swam ashore.