The single-engine plane crash that killed Hawaii’s Public Health Director sparked a nationwide debate last month. Loretta Fuddy, the woman who authenticated Barack Obama’s disputed birth certificate, was the only passenger of nine to die in the Dec. 11 offshore crash near Honolulu.

One passenger, Ferdinand Puentes, recently released his own video of the emergency landing. The footage reveals a very calm environment just prior to the crash. Correspondents on ABC’s Good Morning America released the footage, with George Stephanopoulos remarking there was “not a single scream,” noting passengers were “so methodical, all getting out in time.”

When he was reminded that Fuddy perished in the crash, he responded, “Sad – but, boy, that is incredible stuff we saw right there.”

Puentes described the ordeal, saying “Time stopped and everything you remembered in your past, your loved ones and everything, I didn’t say goodbye to them. Your life just goes in front of you.”

He recorded the entire crash and kept his camera on as passengers escaped to wait for rescue. The slow response of emergency crews, along with other perceived inconsistencies in the crash report, led to a lawsuit seeking additional information.

After the crash, a number of skeptics suggested Fuddy’s death was suspicious in such a relatively minor crash. Passenger C. Phillip Hollstein described the incident as almost smooth.

The pilot “set it up for the best crash-landing you could do,” Hollstein said. “There wasn’t panic or anything. It was very orderly. It wasn’t like any of the movies or the TV shows.”

The crash has been blamed on engine failure.

While an individual could undoubtedly die from injuries sustained in such a crash, the fact that Fuddy played such an integral role in Obama’s continuing birth certificate debacle opened the crash up to speculation.

No matter the ultimate cause of Fuddy’s death, the reaction to this incident illustrates the distrust many Americans have of this administration.

–B. Christopher Agee

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