Pratt & Whitney Canada held responsible for death of former Hawaii Health Director.
Source: Associated Press (Honolulu).
Lewis Fuddy, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against Pratt & Whitney Canada and Makani Kai Air Charters over the 11 December 2014 ocean crash-landing that killed his sister, 65-year-old Loretta Fuddy. Maui police said the former state health director died from an irregular heartbeat triggered by the crash off the island of Molokai. The pilot and seven other passengers on the Makani Kai Air flight survived without injuries. The lawsuit claims that Pratt & Whitney Canada knew about a tendency of turbine blades to stretch when heated, which causes the engine to lose power. Makani Kai owner Richard Schuman said he wasn’t aware of the lawsuit. He had said earlier that he has no idea why the engine failed. The plane had no previous problems. Aloha, Russ.