Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

28 September, 2018, 11:11 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • It is believed that there are 16 people on board on the plane all of whom were on their way to the hospital

The Air Niuguini plane crashed on approach to Chuuk Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

According to Air Niugini media personnel, the management is now in a crisis meeting.

The Air Niugini plane overshot the runway and sank in a sea lagoon at about 9.30 am local time on Friday.

Passengers can be seen evacuating the submerged aircraft.

Air Niugini Limited is the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

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According to local media, all 36 passengers and 11 crew members are safe, citing Jimmy Emilio, Chuuk airport manager.

The Port-Moresby-based airline said in statement that the plane, a Boeing 737-800, "landed short of the runway".

Videos posted on social media show dozens of people in boats around the wreckage. The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew.

There are not believed to have been any deaths or serious injuries.

"We don't really know what happened", he said.

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The plane, which was carrying 46 people, quickly began sinking.

John Merelli, an employee at the High Tide Hotel a short distance from the end of the runway, said he heard the plane coming in but thought it was just a normal landing. Water was waist-deep in the cabin before rescuers arrived, he said.

It has been reported the PNG Accident Investigation Commission has sent a team to the accident site to determine the exact cause of the crash.

The fleet includes Boeing 767 and 737 jets for global routes, according to the airline, as well as Fokker F-100 aircraft, Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft for challenging local terrain.

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