US Navy Sailors Assist After Plane Crashes Into Lagoon

US Navy Sailors Assist After Plane Crashes Into Lagoon

US Navy Sailors Assist After Plane Crashes Into Lagoon

Eight people remain in hospital, one of which is on a ventilator. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway. "And I thought, well, this is not the way it's supposed to happen". When it landed she looked over and was surprised to see a hole inside the plane where water was coming in. He said the flight attendants were panicking and yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury.

"I was really impressed with the locals", said Jaynes.

The cause of the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear.

A plane landing at Chuuk International Airport has reportedly missed the runway and has crashed into the lagoon just off of the airport.

Jaynes said before he got off the plane through an emergency exit, water was waist high inside the aircraft.

Within minutes, locals scrambled a flotilla of small boats to pluck the 35 passengers and 12 crew from the water.

SALT LAKE CITY ― Some say it's a scene reminiscent of the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson".

"Luckily, it happened during the daytime", he said. In his statement he said that they really don't what transpired but the best thing is all the people in the flight were rescued by means of boats. Micronesia is made up of 4 island states: Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap.

A Papua New Guinea accident investigation team flew to Micronesia on Friday, the Post Courier newspaper reported. The Chuuk lagoon was a famous World War II battle site and dozens of Japanese vessels and planes are on the lagoon floor, now a tourist attraction for scuba divers.

"Air Niugini can confirm that all on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft", the firm said in a brief statement.

But it said it had been informed that "the weather was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of incident".

All 37 passengers and 11 crew survived the crash landing on the Boeing 737-800, according to local authorities.

The U.S. Embassy in Micronesia said it was working to confirm the identities and the health and safety of any American passengers onboard the flight.

The aircraft was enroute to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, RNZ Pacific reported.

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

Micronesia, north of Australia and east of the Philippines, is home to just over 100,000 people. It has close ties with the USA under an agreement known as a compact of free association.

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