Survivor: Hawaii Plane Crash 'Like Instant Brakes'

All but one of nine passengers on a small plane survived the crash.
3:00 | 12/13/13

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Now, we have the latest on that deadly plane crash in hawaii. Survivors speaking out about their terrifying experience and the moments they frantically waited in the water to be rescued. Abc's aditi roy has the latest, joins us from l.A. Good morning, aditi. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This is a chilling story. These survivors are still shaken up by their harrowing ordeal. Some said they didn't think they would walk away from the crash alive. The air speed was at least 70. And you hit the water, it's like instant breaks. Reporter: He said it happened so fast. He was among the nine passengers on a small plane, island-hopping from oahu to honolulu. After takeoff, the plane's operator said the caravan single-engine cessna failed. And then, a loud bang. It was like slow-motion of everything. Plane slowly going down. Reporter: The pilot managed to land the plane right-side up. He did everything by the numbers. He got it in there as clean as he did. Reporter: The remaining survivors, gathered in the water, in two groups. Began an hour-long drift in choppy waters, before coast guard rescuers found them floating on their backs. Hey, sir. Coast guard. He looked over and smiled. It was a good feeling. I grabbed his arm. Reporter: All but one survived the crash, hawaii's health director loretta fuddy. She had a distinguished career in social work. The faa is investigating the crash. A spokesman for the agency says they plan to speak to some of the passengers and the pilot. The plane's wreckage has not been recovered. Some terrifying moments. Indeed. And we are thinking of loretta fuddy's family, as well. Thank you so much.

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