Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Plane crashes into Pacific after missing island runway

Plane crashes into Pacific after missing island runway

This particular route the Air Niugini flight was one is taken once a week, taking off from Pohnpei, stopping over in Chuuk and heading for Port Moresby.

The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia, according to the airline.

"People were rescued by boats - 36 passengers and 11 crew were all rescued, only the plane is sinking right now".

He said he has yet to see a passenger manifest, but he understands at least 30 passengers and 10 crew members were aboard.

Videos posted to social media show rescue boats attending the scene, helping passengers and crew get off the half-submerged wreckage to safety.

Witness Bill Davis told Yahoo7 News that all the passengers were evacuated quickly, a few of whom had minor injuries.

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PNG's Accident Investigation Commission is preparing a team to travel to the crash site just off the island of Weno.

The airline did not immediately say how many people were aboard the plane, where it was travelling from, or what caused the crash.

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

"Air Niugini advises that its Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, P2-PXE landed short of the runway whilst landing at Chuuk Island of the Federated States of Micronesia this morning", Air Niugini said in a statement on its Facebook page.

According to registration details supplied by the airline, the plane was built in 2005 and had previously been owned by Air India Express and Mumbai-based Jet Airways.

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