Airplane crashes into ocean after it overshoots runway in Chuuk

28 September, 2018, 12:42 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • It is believed that there are 16 people on board on the plane all of whom were on their way to the hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-Dozens of passengers and crew have survived a plane's crash-landing in a Pacific lagoon.

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

Images posted on social media show people being rescued from the half-submerged aircraft just off the coast.

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

Miraculously, all 36 passengers and 11 crew members are alive.

Air Niugini is Papua New Guinea's national airline and lists only one 737-800 among its fleet of 21 aircraft on its official website.

"Air Niugini can confirm that all on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft", the statement continued.


Paramedics treated an injured rescued passenger of the crashed plane inside a hospital on the remote Island of Weno.

"It clearly wasn't a crash, in the sense of a plane going down and coming apart".

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

"It's really fortunate that we didn't have any fatalities", said Glenn Harris, a government aviation security inspector for the Federated States of Micronesia. Water was waist-deep in the cabin before rescuers arrived, he said.

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

A passenger jet has landed in the ocean after overshooting the runway in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Air Niugini is PNG's national carrier which services domestic network and global routes across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

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