All passengers and crew survive Boeing 737 crash into the sea

Air Niugini Accident

Local fisherman were bringing in the day's catch when the 737 went down.

Seven people were transported to the hospital after the crash.

'It was just surreal. The airline said the plane landed short of the runway. "I thought, well, this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

One passenger flying aboard an Air Niugini plane that crashed into the water early Friday in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is missing, officials said Satruday.

US Navy Sailors assist local authorities in shuttling passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight PX56 to shore following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia. Several passengers were injured - one critically - but everyone survived.

"When the plane came to a stop all the civilian boats came to help transport passengers to dry land".

Bill Jaynes, managing editor of a Micronesia-based newspaper, was on the plane when it hit the water.

"I was really impressed with the locals who immediately started coming out in boats", Jaynes said in an interview with a missionary in Chuuk, Matthew Colson, that was posted online and shared with The Associated Press. It said the weather was poor at the time, with heavy rain and reduced visibility. Its capital is Palikir and it trades with the US dollar.

Air Niugini Accident

There are four Vietnam citizens on the plane of Papua New Guinea airline Air Niugini that crashed into a Pacific lagoon on September 28, according to Indonesia Embassy in Vietnam.

A spokesman for Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission said investigators would fly to the scene as soon as possible to piece together what happened.

The AIC website details an incident involving the aircraft in May this year when a Hercules operated by a freight company clipped the 737's wing while taxiing, causing "significant damage".

Micronesia, north of Australia and east of the Philippines, is home to just over 100,000 people.

According to USA Today, the country has close ties to the United States under an agreement known as a compact of free association.

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

Jaynes, meanwhile, reflecting on his experience, said, "I'm alive, and that's an extremely good thing".



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