The Death of Loretta Fuddy

On December 11, 2013, about 1522 Hawaiian standard time, a Cessna 208B, N687MA, operated by Makani Kai Air ditched into the ocean near Kalaupapa, Hawaii. The flight departed from the Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai bound for the Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu. There were eight passengers aboard.   Loretta Fuddy was the only fatality in a very survivable crash.

THE CRASH

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from runway 05, at an altitude of about 400 feet above ground level (AGL), he began a left turn for a downwind departure. Shortly after passing 500 feet AGL, the pilot motioned toward the power lever to reduce power for the climb when he heard a loud “bang” followed by an immediate loss of engine power. Realizing the airplane was not going to make it to land, he rolled the wings level while broadcasting a mayday distress call. Shortly after, the airplane landed on an open, calm ocean.

THE INVESTIGATION

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of this accident as follows:
The loss of engine power due to the fracture of multiple blades on the compressor turbine wheel, which resulted in a ditching. The reason for the blade failures could not be determined due to secondary thermal damage to the blades.
The pilot reported that he hit his head on the instrument panel during the water impact, and was “bleeding badly” as a result. He unstrapped his harness, yelled at the passengers to get out, and started to grab seat cushions to use as floatation devices. Looking for a life vest, saw one, and gave it to a passenger who said his wife did not have one. The pilot left the aircraft without a life vest, as the airplane was filling with water. After checking to see that the cabin was empty, he exited through the door at the rear of the cabin. The pilot told the passengers to swim away from the airplane because the airplane might sink rapidly and drag them down. The current and waves, which he estimated to be 6 to 8 feet high, gradually separated the group.

The one fatality was Loretta Jean Fuddy, (65).

Her autopsy was conducted by Pan Pacific Pathologists, LLC, of Wailuku, Hawaii, under the authority of the Maui Police Department. The findings listed in the autopsy report included “acute cardiac arrhythmia” and “no significant traumatic injuries.” The report noted that she was observed by another passenger “to be fearful and hyperventilating shortly before losing consciousness.” According to the autopsy report, her cause of death was “acute cardiac arrhythmia due to hyperventilation.”

NOW IT GETS WEIRD

I’m going to let you google the weirder aspects of the crash and death of Loretta Fuddy.

THINGS YOU MIGHT LOOK FOR

  • Fuddy wore a defective life vest.
  • She was wearing a child’s life vest.
  • Rescue divers were on scene in less than 20 minutes.
  • Her body was found 80 minutes after the crash.
  • It was the rescue divers that drowned her.
  • Rescue divers injected her with a heart stopping drug.
  • The pilot’s name is blatantly missing from the NTSB report.

Do you see what I mean? Enjoy and leave your favorite conspiracy theory in the comments below.

NTSB REPORT

Pearl Harbor

Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

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There are still 2000 to 3500 Pearl Harbor veterans still alive today.  The number has become difficult to arrive at because many veterans have never registered with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.  Most major cities in the U.S. have a chapter of the PHSA, but sadly, because of their advancing ages and other health issues, many chapters have had to close their doors.
Likewise, there are still many chapters across the country that are very active, such as Carnation Chapter 3 in San Diego, CA and Silver State Chapter 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Odd But True Facts About Pearl Harbor

  • When filming in Hawaii, Elvis Presley was shown the wreck of the U.S.S. Arizona.  Presley was so moved that he gave a charity concert that kick started the fund drive that built the current memorial.
  • The wreckage of the upper decks of the U.S.S. Arizona are still stored and guarded at an undisclosed location in Hawaii.
  • All five Japanese midget submarines have been found. The last under an underwater trash heap in the harbor. It has been proven that at least one made a successful attack on the U.S.S. Oklahoma.
  • Every Battleship sunk, with the exception of U.S.S. Arizona, U.S.S. Oklahoma , and U.S.S.  Utah were raised and fought in the war.
  • Three NFL football games were playing when the attack happened. The Eagles vs. the the Redskins.  The Bears vs. the Chicago Cardinals and the Giants vs. the (yes) Brooklyn Dodgers.  Soldiers and sailors were ordered to report to their units after the games.
  • The USS Arizona is not in commission.  She was placed “in ordinary” at Pearl Harbor on December 29,1941, and was stricken on December 1, 1942.
  • Two ship’s bells were recovered from the U.S.S. Arizona. One  is on display at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor….the other is on the campus of the University of Arizona  in Tucson.  Once a month, the bell in Tucson is rung seven times at 12:07.  Bill Bowers, at the age of 99, was given the honor of ringing the bell for the first time in its new belfry on September 11, 2002.
  • The U.S.S. Nevada was the only battleship that got underway during the attack. Her bell and ship’s wheel is on display in the State Museum in Carson City, Nevada.
  • On August 29, 2002, Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard  found the midget submarine proving that the destroyer U.S.S. Ward did in fact fire the first shot of the Pearl Harbor attack and hit their target.

    U.S.S. Ward gunners hit the sub at the base of the conning tower on their second shot.

 

USS Arizona BB39, 1940
USS Arizona BB39, 1940