Fatal plane crash off Hawaii coast caught on tape

    4:25 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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    (CBS) - A plane that plunged into the waters off Molokai on Dec. 11 was caught on tape by one of the passengers.

    Ferdinand Puentes had only planned to record the take-off with his GoPro camera, but kept rolling as the engine failed. He had the camera on a stick and was able to document himself and the other passengers, struggling to stay afloat. The pilot is seen with a cut to his head. Ferdinand said, "It was so many things just happening, you know. Is it for real? Is this really happening?"

    A spear fisherman who was used to being in the ocean, Puentes tried to swim to shore. But with fifty yards to go he was overcome with exhaustion. He said, "A lot of things was just racing but you can't actually say, 'Oh, I'm going to do this and that.' It's pretty much on instinct, just trying to survive. I still have a hard time sleeping at night."

    The only fatality was Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy. She gained notoriety in 2011 after President Obama asked her to release his birth certificate amid speculation he was born outside the United States.

    Fuddy's exact cause of death is still under investigation. Puentes and the other passengers were all treated and released.

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