Estate of Loretta Fuddy, state health director killed in plane crash, files lawsuit against plane's engine manufacturer

Published: Jun. 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The estate of the late Loretta Fuddy, the director of the state's Department of Health who was killed in a plane crash in December, has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the engine used inside the Cessna aircraft, according to attorney Rick Fried.

The lawsuit alleges that the Pratt and Whitney Canada engine suffered from turbine prop failures and accuses the company of knowing about the problem but neglecting to take action to prevent further incidents.

Fuddy, who was 65, died of cardiac arrythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, due to stress while waiting to be rescued from the waters off Molokai following the crash.

We will have more information on this developing story as soon as it becomes available.

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