Air Niugini plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in lagoon
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A Papua New Guinean plane overshot a runway and crash landed in a lagoon in Micronesia.
An Air Niugini plane has sunk in a lagoon after overshooting the runway in Micronesia.
All passengers were reportedly rescued from the partially submerged Boeing 737-800, after local fishers took their boats out to the crash site almost immediately.
Astonishing pictures show locals rushing out on small boats towards the crash site, as the plane sinks lower into the water.
Officials said all 36 passengers and 11 crew members on board escaped with minor injuries.
Chuuk Airport manager Jimmy Emilio said that the plane missed the runway by about 160 yards.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: “Right now we don’t really know what happened. Investigations will start earliest tomorrow, but operations are starting again as usual in the airport.”
Chuuk airport is now diverting incoming flights to Pohnpei.