Passenger plane crashes into lagoon in Micronesia, all survive

Minnie Murray
September 28, 2018

"The plane crashed in the lagoon, about 160 yards away from the runway", Chuuk airport manager Jimmy Emilio told the BBC.

Striking footage shows people being rescued in boats in images reminiscent of the 2009 crash landing in New York City known as the "Miracle on the Hudson". "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.

The aircraft was being operated by Air Niugini, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea.

Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and immediately began sinking.

- makereta komai (@burebasgal) September 28, 2018Air Niugini Flight 73 was scheduled to take off at 9:55 a.m. from the airport on Weno island in Chuuk state, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Air Niugini said in a statement the airline is "making all efforts" to look after the passengers and crew.

RNZ Pacific's correspondent Giff Johnson said small boats quickly went out to help rescue passengers from the plane before it sank in the waters off the runway in the Chuuk capital, Weno.

A plane crash has been reported near Chuuk this morning, confirms Federated States of Micronesia Department of Transportation Deputy Director Season Jacky.

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

Australia's ABC reported that Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission was preparing to send a team to the accident site.

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