Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Rescue mission underway after plane crashes into lagoon in Micronesia

Rescue mission underway after plane crashes into lagoon in Micronesia

A plane carrying dozens of people sunk into the sea after the aircraft came off the end of the runway at Chuuk Airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia.

The Air Niugini plane was on approach to the airport at the island, part of the Federated States of Micronesia, when it apparently fell short of the runway.

Within minutes, locals scrambled a flotilla of small boats to pluck the 35 passengers and 12 crew from the water.

Reports indicated there were 36 passengers and 11 crew on the flight.

An Air Niugini Boeing 737 has overshot the runway in Micronesia and ended up in the ocean.

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

Air Niugini management staff are now in a crisis meeting.

Another employee said the runway was known to be very short.

"Right now we don't really know what happened".

Harris said the plane left from the Micronesian island of Pohnpei about 435 miles to the east before making the water landing a little before 10 a.m.

An Air Niugini passenger plane was sinking in the ocean on September 28 after the plane landed before reaching the air strip at Chuuk Airport in Micronesia.

Amateur videos posted online from Chuuk locals show a number of boats responding immediately to the incident to assist passengers out of the partially sunken aircraft.

Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) said it was preparing to send investigators to Weno.

Air Nuigini is Papua New Guinea's national airline.

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