Hawaii official who died after crash wore infant life vest


HONOLULU (AP) — A National Transportation Safety Board report says a former Hawaii health director who died after a plane crashed in the ocean was wearing an infant life vest and passengers reported that the pilot didn’t give a safety briefing before takeoff.

An autopsy determined Loretta Fuddy died of an irregular heartbeat after she exited the plane, which landed in choppy water off the island of Molokai. The pilot and seven other passengers on the 2013 Makani Kai Air flight survived.

The report released Wednesday says investigators determined the 220-pound Fuddy was wearing an infant vest. A passenger who swam to shore also had an infant vest.

Makani Kai owner Richard Schuman says those passengers received infant vests in the chaos of the crash. He disputes that passengers weren’t given safety information.

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