Pinoys safe after Air Niugini flight crashes into sea

Pinoys safe after Air Niugini flight crashes into sea

Pinoys safe after Air Niugini flight crashes into sea

Officials in Micronesia say they are now looking for man who was unaccounted for in the crash of an Air Niugini flight that landed short of the runway at Chuuk Airport on Friday.

Earlier today Air Niugini reported that it can not account for one male passenger and is working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators to locate this passenger, who was on board flight PX 073.

"Local authorities and the airline are continuing to search for the whereabouts of the missing passenger".

Passengers and crew were taken to the hospital for checks and no serious injuries were reported.

The Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 plane hit the water while trying to land at Chuuk Island airport in the Micronesia archipelago on Friday.

"I'm alive. That's an extremely good thing", said Bill Jaynes, an American who was one 47 people on board.

A plane landing at Chuuk International Airport has reportedly missed the runway and has crashed into the lagoon just off of the airport. The operator blamed the incident on poor weather and that heavy rains had reduced visibility.

"I thought we landed hard until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in", he said, "and I thought, well, this is not, like, the way it's supposed to happen". It said it was in touch with embassies, passenger representatives, stakeholders and families of the crew.

"It's just surreal", said Jaynes, managing editor of The Kaselehlie Press, a newspaper on Pohnpei, another Micronesian island.

Locals in the Federated States of Micronesia were quick to react and by that saved lives when an aircraft overshot a runway and plunged into a lagoon.

Chuuk Lagoon is a popular diving destination and the site of sunken Japanese ships that were bombed by the USA military during World War II.

The aircraft was enroute to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, RNZ Pacific reported. Data from the Aviation Safety Network indicates 111 people have died in crashes of PNG-registered airlines in the past two decades but none involved Air Niugini.

"Despite water ingress, the aircraft managed to stay afloat for some time allowing passenger evacuation via the over wing exits and the forward passenger door".

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