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Posted: Friday, December 13th, 2013 11:44 AM HST

Coast Guard: Plane not visible after Hawaii crash

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Coast Guard swimmers who rescued survivors of a deadly plane crash in Hawaii waters say the single-engine turboprop aircraft wasn't visible when they arrived.

The rescuers in two helicopters and an HC-130 airplane said Thursday that the nine people who were on the plane were spread out in two clusters across about a half-mile of water littered with random debris.

Aviation Survival Technician P.J. Ornot says the passengers were wearing inflatable life jackets, floating on their backs in the water. He says they were calm and seemed exhausted.

Rescue swimmer Mark Peer says when he swam to state Health Director Loretta Fuddy, she was unresponsive and he couldn't find a pulse.

Fuddy died, but the pilot and seven other passengers survived the crash.

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