EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The moment of impact; Kalaupapa plane crash

Published On: Jan 09 2014 06:28:00 PM HST

ABC News has obtained the exclusive video of the plane crash off of Molokai that led to the death of State Health Director Loretta Fuddy.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's story.

Makani Kai passenger Ferdinand Puentes' Go Pro video camera was recording just as the plane hit the water. In the video, Puentes is seen hanging on to his camera at the moment of impact with the ocean.

"The engine just made a sound and then... it just happened, you know," said Puentes.  "I looked outside the window and I saw the ocean was coming pretty fast."

At the moment of impact, Puentes could think only of his family, and felt his life hanging by a thread.

Puentes continued, "I didn't say goodbye to them.  Just for the split nanosecond, it was as if time stopped and your whole life goes by in front of you."

But, pilot Clyde Kawasaki pulled off an incredible emergency water landing, giving his passengers a chance to escape danger.

"Just as soon as he opened the door, water just rushed in and filled our feet up to our ankles," said Puentes.

As the ocean filled the plane, all eight passengers were able to get out safely.

The video goes on to show the passengers exiting the plane and going into the water. Once the passengers make it outside, you can see some of them hanging on to the wing of the Cessna Caravan.

Puentes also posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page. One of those photos show him holding on to a floatation device with another passenger floating a ways behind him with the Kalaupapa shoreline in the background.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane floated for 25 minutes before it sank. The Makani Kai plane was heading from Kalaupapa to Honolulu early last month when it's engine lost power.

One of the passengers on the flight, the late State Health Director Loretta Fuddy, was found unresponsive when rescue crews reached her 80 minutes later.  We're still waiting for the medical examiner's report on exactly what killed Director Fuddy. The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the engine failure.

The other seven passengers and pilot all survived the ordeal -- something they'll never forget.

"It happened so fast," said Puentes.


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