Micronesia plane crash: Four passengers remain hospitalised

Minnie Murray
October 1, 2018

An airline says four passengers remain hospitalized after one of its planes crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week.

Air Niugini's Boeing 737-800 aircraft P2-PXE missed the runway and landed on a lagoon on Friday in Chuuk, Micronesia.

The Air Niugini plane in the lagoon off Weno airport in Chuuk.

The airline further confirms that it is assisting the passengers with accommodation and other immediate needs, and will continue to provide assistance to them over the coming weeks.

The airline revealed on Saturday that one of the passengers hadn't been accounted for, although a search of the airliner's interior by US Navy divers had confirmed he was not inside.

But Air Niugini chief executive Tahawar Durrani said the man's body was found by divers in the lagoon on Monday.


U.S. Navy Sailors assist local authorities in shuttling passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight PX56 to shore following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia, September 28, 2018. Business Insider has contacted Air Niugini for further comment.

Air Niugini chairman Kosta Constaninou said witnesses reported seeing the passenger board a dinghy as U.S. divers and locals rescued the passengers and crew from the sinking plane.

Two more of the passengers who had been in hospital have now been released, and the other four passengers are in stable condition.

The exact cause of the crash remains unclear.

The circumstances surrounding this accident are now a matter for relevant authorities as they begin their task of investigating the events that led to the incident and the actions which followed.

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