UPDATED: Cessna Caravan Carrying Nine People Crashes Off Molokai, Hawaiian Official Killed
UPDATED: Dec 12, 12:58p EST - Hawaiian officials have confirmed that Loretta Fuddy, Director of the Hawaiian Department of Health, was the sole fatality in Wednesday's crash.
Fuddy was briefly thrust into the national spotlight in 2011 when she released the long-form birth certificate of President Obama.
"Our hearts are broken. 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," said Governor Neil Abercrombie. "We send our best thoughts to her family and will do all in our power to reflect her professionalism, her love of Hawaii and the high standard she set for herself and all of us."
Original Story - A Cessna Caravan belonging to Makani Kai Air with eight passengers and one pilot onboard crashed around 3:45p local time (8:45p EST) off of the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
Eight people have been rescued and one has died. Five people were pulled from the water alive by the Maui County fire crews and three more were rescued by the Coast Guard.
According to the Hawaii Department of Health, Director Loretta Fuddy was onboard the aircraft that crashed.
Image courtesy Makani Kai Air.