Plane ditches into Pacific lagoon

Larry Hoffman
September 28, 2018

The aircraft was reportedly flying from the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, stopping at Micronesia's Weno island on the way.

Eriko Rekis who posted the initial footage of the plane and subsequent rescue said "I'm hoping everyone on the plane is alive and safe as we speak, but I have no info x I'm trying to get more info on it but their connections is really poor we can't thru to call each other".

The Air Niugini plane in the lagoon off Weno airport in Chuuk. Air Niugini management staff held a crisis meeting after the incident. The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew.

The aircraft belongs to Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea's national carrier.

All 36 passengers and 11 crew members escaped without any serious injuries, officials said.

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

Jimmy Emilio, the manager at Chuuk International Airport, told the Pacific Daily News that the plane was approaching Runway 4 when it crashed into the lagoon, about 160 yards (146 meters) from the runway.

The cause of the crash is unclear, but investigations are due to begin soon. A cargo plane belonging to Air Niugini went off a runway at Madang Airport in 2013, but there were no casualties.

"We're trying to arrange a team to go there but I can not give you any more information because I simply don't have it", a spokesman told AFP.

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