Exclusive testimonies of the survivors of the deadly Molokai plane crashUPDATED 7:08 PM HST Dec 12, 2013Video Transcript
survivors. BUT FIRST -- we go to KITV4's Lara Yamada -- who spent the day in KALAUPAPA - talking to residents and witnesses. TAPE 2 1916-29 LARA LOOK LIVE INTRO: It was only a minute or two after the plane left Kalaupapa, that some people thought they heard the bang of the planes engine malfunctioning, others gathering out here by the dozens, watching the rescue crews, realizing the tragedy that had happened. 2623-34 I can't believe it she was with us, and now she's gone. I mean that's unreal. That's Uncle Boogie. Who helped rescue crews pull people to safety. 3405 And I just saw debris all over. And Kirk Dela Cruz... helping to recover the body... of the one woman who lost her life. 3546-51 It was really hard for us and just a tremendous loss. Wednesday morning, Health Director Loretta Fuddy and Deputy Director Keith Yamamoto were joined by 6 other passengers: Two tourists, a park ranger and her husband, a contractor and carpenter. 2222-31 She came and malama and take care and listen to our concerns and was going back and improve this place in a better way for our patients. Hansen's Disease Patient Ivy Kahili-hiwa says Fuddy was here to keep the peace, to resolve a community dispute -- that care for the people of Kalaupapa remembered and revered. TAPE 2 1342-00 I feel like I lost somebody, I care about. For me I don't want to have that kind of problem for all of us here. STANDUP: TAPE 500-10 Director Fuddy was here for only a day but took the time to come out to Kalawao the orignial settlement of Father Damien to do what she could to stay connected to the community. But only minutes after the group left for the day, the pilot of that Makani Kai Cessna Caravan -- similar to this one -- says the plane's engine failed, forcing him to glide into to choppy waters. NATS: Father Patrick on the Beach Father Patrick Killilea says one male passenger swam to shore, while rescue crews plucked people from the water and dropped some off on this beach near the airport. He spoke with survivor Deputy Health Director Keith Yamamoto, who was holding Fuddy's hand... until she let go. 5509-36 she was paddling with her feet, not exactly relaxed at some stage she had let go of his hand, gripped tightly, she let go, and he must have tried to get a reponse from her, but there was no response from that time on. Fuddy's mother -- who died in 1997 -- lived on Molokai for years -- as do other relatives. A connection running deep. A loss felt even deeper. 2734 Everybody it's still fresh on their mind. TAPE 2 LARA TAG 2104-15 Still shock ... for a woman they say made a difference here in Molokai lara yamada kitv 4 news.