In the irony to end all ironies the L.A. Times published an article entitled Hawaii plane crash fuels Obama 'birther' theories, on December 12th, and within the context of that article may have spilled the beans on why "birthers" should be questioning this story.
On the 13th I reported that Loretta Fuddy was the woman who was responsible for the release of Barack Obama's long-form Hawaii birth certificate. Of the 9 people on the Cessna that crash landed in open water, she was the only one who died. Is it coincidence?
The L.A. Times reports:
Fuddy, 65, was among nine people in a Cessna that crashed into the ocean Wednesday, shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai about 3:15 p.m. The eight others on the plane, including the pilot, were rescued, but Fuddy "remained in the fuselage of the plane," Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig told KHON-TV. "It's always a difficult situation when you're not able to get everybody out."
Why is this paragraph important?
Simply because it contradicts everything that we have been told.
We were told two things specifically that Terry Seelig has proclaimed to be incorrect.
- We were told that Fuddy held hands with her deputy Keith Yamamoto in her final moments. We even have a priest on record who corroborates that account.
- We were led to believe that due to a variety of circumstances that this plane may never be recovered.
Both of the above accounts come from an Associated Press contributed article. Here are the key quotes that directly contradict the report of Fire Captain Terry Seelig as quoted in the Los Angeles Times.
In the final moments of her life, Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy clung to the hand of her deputy after a small plane taking them back to Honolulu crashed in the ocean off the island of Molokai.
Fuddy, who gained notoriety in 2011 for her role in making President Barack Obama's birth certificate public, was one of nine people onboard the flight that went down Wednesday. She was the only one who died.
In the water, Fuddy held hands with deputy director Keith Yamamoto as he tried to help her relax, said the Rev. Patrick Killilea, who consoled Yamamoto after the ordeal.
"He recounted how he said he helped Loretta into her life jacket and he held her hand for some time," the priest said. "They were all floating together and she let go and there was no response from her."
Schuman said he did not yet know why the engine failed because he has not been able to see the plane. The aircraft had no previous problems, he said.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said investigators planned to speak with the pilot, whose name was not released, and some passengers about the crash as they seek more details.
However, the location of the wreckage, combined with wind and wave conditions, likely means it won't be recovered, said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.
Look for Fire Captain Terry Seelig to change his story in the near future. If he doesn't then it would surely look like there was foul play involved and we certainly wouldn't want to give "birthers" a reason to talk.