Hawaii health director died of cardiac arrhythmia

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HONOLULU (AP) — Police say the cause of death for the Hawaii health director who died after a plane's crash-landing off the Hawaiian island of Molokai was cardiac arrhythmia.

Maui police announced Monday that Loretta Fuddy's condition was the result of stress from the Dec. 11 crash into the water after the single-engine plane lost power. The pilot and eight other passengers survived without major injuries.

Pilot Clyde Kawasaki and a passenger who swam to shore have said Fuddy appeared fine while bobbing in the water after everyone exited the plane and waited for help to arrive.

The health department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Its preliminary report says the small commercial plane floated for about 25 minutes before sinking.

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