Micronesia air crash turns fatal as passenger's body found: airline

01 October, 2018, 17:19 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

Air Niugini is yet to release the manifest but it is understood that there was at least one Fijian, nine Filipinos and some Indonesians, and Micronesians on board. The runway, is 1,831 x 46m, which is considered short with Heathrow's runway measuring 3,902 x 50m. "It was supposed to land but instead of landing it was 150 yards short and she went down", Airport Manager told Reuters. According to reports, the flight carried 36 passengers and in addition to this among them were extra 11 cabin crew who also were rescued.

Footage has emerged of United States navy sailors embarking on a rescue mission in the aftermath of the plane crash - using an inflatable boat to shuttle people ashore before the plane sank in about 100ft (30m) of water. A flotilla of local boats rescued the passengers from the sinking aircraft.

A South Pacific airline announced Monday that a passenger died when a plane crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week.

"I thought we landed hard", he said.

It is not the first time a plane has overshot the runway in the Micronesia area.

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.

The passenger was seen in one of the local dinghies that were assisting with transporting the passengers and crew to the shore, the airline said in a statement.


The airline said locating the missing man as well as providing ongoing support to the other passengers, crew and families remains its primary concern.

These four passengers are being transported to Guam for further treatment.

Air Niugini said in a statement that as of Saturday afternoon, it was unable to account for a male passenger.

Constantinou continued: "The Acting CEO, his executive team and the entire staff of Air Niugini acted throughout with calm and professionalism from the airline's Port Moresby base".

A thorough investigation by the responsible authorities and the airline has already commenced to determine the cause of the accident.

He continued: "We came in low".

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