EXCLUSIVE: 2 survivors in Molokai plane crash speak out

Published On: Dec 12 2013 03:26:00 PM HST

Two survivors of the plane crash off Molokai were sitting directly behind Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy when the aircraft went down Wednesday afternoon.  Fuddy died in the crash.

The couple returned to Oahu on Thursday.

Click here to watch Cam Tran's report.

Rosa and Jacob Key are amazed to be alive, but they're still badly shaken and traumatized after the Makani Kai Air crash off the coast of Kalaupapa.

The couple says shortly after the plane took off from Molokai, things went wrong.

"We had a bang, ya know, while the thing climbed up, make a turn and bang, that's it," said Jacob Key.  "After that the beeping from all the machine came up then after a few seconds, the beeping was gone and the plane is going down."

That's when the couple says everything became a big blur.

"I was shocked.  It was a lot of thoughts that go through," said Rosa Key.  "It was like a slow motion of everything.  The plane slowly going down."

The Keys said after the plane hit the water, everyone evacuated and put on life jackets in the water.

"The water was rough.  The pilot was trying to get everybody together, but it was kind of impossible because of the waves," said Rosa Key.

What seemed to be nearly an hour of floating in the rough and choppy ocean came a sign of hope.

"I thought was last day was [Wednesday], so it gave me hope when we saw the helicopters and it gave me a little hope when we saw the first plane," said Rosa Key.  "The one that came and circled around."

The Coast Guard rescued the couple and were taken to Molokai.  They say they ahve some aches and pain, but they say their woes are nothing compared with the Fuddy family members who have to deal with the devastating loss.

PHOTOS: Molokai plane crash search and rescue

Click here to see pictures of the search and rescue.


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