Passenger plane lands in ocean after overshooting runway

Arturo Kim
September 28, 2018

The Boeing 737-800 plane was attempting to land at Chuuk Airport on the remote island of Weno in Micronesia but ditched in a lagoon at about 9.30am local time (12.30am United Kingdom time).

Boats are surrounding the partly submerged plane to rescue passengers and crew but other details are not yet available. "I thought we landed hard until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in, and I thought, well, this is not like the way it's supposed to happen".

None of the 35 passengers and 12 crew onboard flight ANG73 suffered serious injuries.

Air Niugini management staff held a crisis meeting after the incident.

He said he has yet to see a passenger manifest, but he understands at least 30 passengers and 10 crew members were aboard.

Air Niugini began made its first official flight from Port Moresby to Chuuk in September 2016; recently the airline launched its first direct flight from Japan's Narita Airport to Chuuk.

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All through Micronesia generally runways are short, according to Giff Johnson, who's based in the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro.

Paramedics treated an injured rescued passenger of the crashed plane inside a hospital on the remote Island of Weno.

"We don't really know what happened. people were rescued by boats".

The airline did not immediately say how many people were aboard the plane, where it was travelling from, or what caused the crash.

Air Nuigini is Papua New Guinea's national airline.

Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission said it was preparing to send investigators to the accident site.

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