Local Boats Rescue Everyone Aboard 737 After It Crashes Into Micronesian Lagoon

Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

Micronesia's Pacific Daily News reported the plane crash landed on Thursday morning at Chuuk airport, quoting airport manager Jimmy Emilio saying that the 36 passengers and 11 crew members were safe.

Boats are surrounding the partly submerged plane to rescue passengers and crew but other details are not yet available.

It is believed that the Boeing 737-800 was capable of carrying upto 160 people, but BNO News reported numbers of injured or fatalities were now unclear.

John Merelli, who works at a hotel on the island, said local people helped with the rescue effort within minutes of the crash.

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.

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Air Niugini is Papua New Guinea's leading airline and flies to over 30 destinations both nationally and internationally.

There are not believed to have been any deaths or serious injuries. Air Niugini management staff held a crisis meeting after the incident. "So far, we don't know why they went down".

"I thought, well, this is not like the way it's supposed to happen", he said.

A spokesman for Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission said investigators would fly to the scene as soon as possible to figure out the turn of events.

The fleet includes Boeing 767 and 737 jets for worldwide routes, according to the airline, as well as Fokker F-100 aircraft, Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft for challenging local terrain.

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