Flotilla of small boats rescues passengers from crashed plane in Micronesia

Flotilla of small boats rescues passengers from crashed plane in Micronesia

Flotilla of small boats rescues passengers from crashed plane in Micronesia

The airline operating a flight that crashed into a lagoon on Friday in the Federated States of Micronesia has said that one passenger is still missing.

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

At 10:10am local time the plane crashed short of the runway into the lagoon in heavy rain and reduced visability the airline said in a statement.

Fortunately, it did not end in fatalities as all 47 passengers and crew survived after the pilot missed the runway.

According to USA Today, all passengers and crew evacuated the aircraft safely thanks to the quick response of local boats as well as US Navy Sailors who were working on a wharf nearby.

The Air Niugini flight was on approach Thursday when the airline says it "landed short" of the runway on Chuuk Island by about a quarter of a mile, coming down in the waters of the Pacific lagoon that surround the island.

Persons on board were taken to hospital, all discharged except eight, four of them in critical condition with fractures and injuries.

He said it's a good thing that so many people use boats to travel and were able to quickly help with the rescue.

Nine Filipinos on board an Air Niugini plane that crash-landed in the South Pacific nation of Micronesia were all safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. "I thought "this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

Bill Jaynes, one of the passengers, said the plane came in very low.

Jaynes said he and others managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane.

Video shows plane sinking into a lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia.

"I was really impressed with the locals who immediately started coming out in boats", Jaynes said in an interview with a missionary in Chuuk, Matthew Colson, that was posted online and shared with The Associated Press.

A spokesman for Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission said investigators would fly to the scene as soon as possible to piece together what happened. It said 35 passengers and 12 crew members were aboard the Boeing 737.

Air Niugini is Papua New Guinea's national carrier.

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