Son of pilot says father hit head during crash

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 14 at 8:04 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The son of a pilot who was flying a plane that crashed in Hawaii waters, killing the state health director, says his father hurt his head on the control panel as he maneuvered the aircraft.

Robert Kawasaki said Friday that his father is distraught and shocked that Health Director Loretta Fuddy died after the crash.

An autopsy is expected Friday.

Seven other passengers survived along with the pilot, Clyde Kawasaki.

A passenger who swam to shore praised the way the pilot landed the plane on its belly.

The 60-year-old pilot remains hospitalized with a head injury.

He told The Associated Press from his Honolulu hospital room that he hopes to be released later in the day.

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