A small plane carrying nine people crashed into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing the director of the state Department of Health, officials said. The eight others onboard, including the pilot, survived.
The Makani Kai Air plane, bound for Honolulu, went down on Wednesday about a half-mile northwest of Kalaupapa peninsula, Maui Fire Department spokesman Lee Mainaga said in a statement.
Health department director Loretta Fuddy and deputy director Keith Yamamoto were on the flight after an annual visit to Kalaupapa, a remote peninsula on the north side of Molokai Island where the state exiled leprosy patients until 1969.
Tom Matsuda, interim executive director of Hawaii's health insurance exchange, confirmed the death of Fuddy, who was on the board of the exchange.