Dramatic video recorded from inside a small plane that crashed off the coast of Hawaii was made public for the first time Thursday.
A passenger was recording video of the Dec. 11 crash, which left one person dead. The images show the moment the 2002 Makani Kai Air plane descended into the water and crashed on the surface.
The plane’s engine had failed right after takeoff from the island of Molokai as it headed toward Honolulu, C. Phillip Hollstein Jr. told the Associated Press on Dec. 13.
“We probably weren’t a minute out,” he said. “It wasn’t real loud or anything. Just a muffled bang. Then we were a glider.”
The pilot, Clyde Kawasaki, who landed the plane right side up, had done all he could to land the plane as smoothly as possible, said Hollstein.
“He set it up for the best crash-landing you could do,” he told the AP. “There wasn’t panic or anything. It was very orderly. It wasn’t like any of the movies or the TV shows.”
In the video, the passengers can be seen making their way out of the plane as water floods the plane. The passengers remain quiet and calm as they exit the plane and hold onto the plane’s wing to stay afloat.
Eight passengers were rescued and survived. Hawaiian health official Loretta Fuddy, 65, managed to escape the plane but died while swimming to shore.
Fuddy, 65, was famous for making President Barack Obama’s birth certificate public, when his U.S. birth was questioned.
Keith Yamamoto, Fuddy’s deputy director, held hands with her and he tried to help her relax.
“He recounted how he said he helped Loretta into her life jacket and he held her hand some time,” Rev. Patrick Killilea, who consoled Yamamoto after the crash, said. “They were all floating together and she let go and there was no response from her.”
Coast Guard rescuers who arrived after making the half-hour flight from Oahu to the crash scene said that the plane was not visible when they got there, only the nine passengers floating around water covered with random debris.
The owner of the Makani Kai Air said the plane had no previous problems.
Sources: ABC News, Daily Mail