No Lives Lost in Boeing 737’s Micronesia Lagoon Landing

No Lives Lost in Boeing 737’s Micronesia Lagoon Landing

No Lives Lost in Boeing 737’s Micronesia Lagoon Landing

Air Niugini, the official state airline of Papua New Guinea, confirmed in a statement that the aircraft "landed short of the runway whilst landing at Chuuk Island of the Federated States of Micronesia this morning".

Only the top half of the plane was visible in a photo obtained by RNZ Pacific, and small boats boarded with people were scattered around it.

The plane is now completely submerged and one passenger is injured.

There were no reports of serious injuries.

Local boat owners and rescue teams rushed to the aircraft to get the passengers out.

The airline said the plane, which was making a scheduled stop on its way from the Micronesian capital Pohnpei to Port Moresby, had "landed short of the runway".

The Boeing 737-800 was carrying a total of 47 people, including 36 passengers and 11 crew members, Emilio said.

John Merelli, who works at a hotel near the end of the runway, spoke to The Guardian Australia.

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

"Somebody has to look into that and let us now", Emilio told PDN.

"The plane crashed and in around five minutes the rescuers were there, they were ordinary people, because there are plenty of boats around the shore".

He added that rescue services arrived around 10 minutes later.

Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission said it was preparing to send investigators to the accident site.

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