Crashed plane off Molokai spotted, Fuddy's body transported to Oahu

Published On: Dec 16 2013 12:53:00 PM HST

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss says the Makani Kai plane that crashed off Kalaupapa, Molokai Wednesday, killing Loretta Fuddy, has been spotted. 

Click here to watch Lara Yamada's report.

The wreckage was spotted from a helicopter in 60 to 70-feet of water about 400-to-500 yards offshore on Friday December 13.

Weiss said it was originally thought that the plane would be unrecoverable.

It is apparently on a ledge on the sea floor. Weiss would not say which helicopter was used to spot it.

A vessel will leave Honolulu Harbor Tuesday night heading for the north side of Molokai. On Thursday an attempt will be made to lift the the plane off the ocean floor, according to Weiss.

If the retrieval is successful the plane will be taken to secure location for further analysis. Investigators was to look at the engine.

Makani Kai owner Richard Schuman the plane experienced catastrophic engine failure shortly after takeoff.

Weiss said he did not know which vessel would be used in the salvage effort.

He said investigator Jim Struhsaker hopes to have a preliminary report out in about two weeks.
Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy was the sole fatality among the nine people aboard last week's flight. Weiss says the NTSB is awaiting autopsy results from Maui County.

Her body was transported to Oahu Monday. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday Dec. 21 beginning at 9 a.m. at the St. Theresa Co-Cathedral in Kalihi.

We'll have more on the discovery of the plane and of Fuddy's funeral services on KITV 4 News at 5, 6 & 10 p.m.


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