Terryfing GoPro footage of Hawaiian plane crash from inside the cabin

Hopefully, this is the closest you’ll ever get to be aboard an aircraft crashing into the water.

The dramatic video was filmed by Ferdinand Puentes, a passenger of a Cessna Grand Caravan plane that ditched off the coast of Hawii on Dec. 11, 2013, killing a woman.

The plane, with nine people on board, departed from Molokai, Hawaii, to Honolulu.

According to the reports, shortly after take off, with the plane still climbing, the engine suffered an unspecified failure.

The pilot managed to perform a successful ditching procedure and passengers orderly evacuated the plane, using debris to stay aloft until they were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Unfortunately, one of the passenger who had managed to escape the sinking plane, died. It’s unclear what caused the death of Loretta Fuddy and this has fueled conspiracy theories because she was the public official who released Barak Obama’s birth certificate in 2011.

H/T to Emiliano Guerra for the heads-up


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  1. Very controlled descent and emergency water landing by the Captain. Well done. That was not a “crash” although given the scenario it easily could have been.

    The impact looked relatively mild. And since the captain was uninjured it’s clear that there was minimal nose impact. Also the wings appear to be intact.

    So what killed Fuddy? Sure looks fishy.

  2. Why was this pulled?Did it contradict the original story just a bit too much for comfort?

  3. Woman dies in this incident and the conspiracy nuts go bonkers because everyone knows that no one ever dies in oceanic crash landings.

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