Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of an Air Niugini flight Friday following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia

Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of an Air Niugini flight Friday following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia

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

The Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 was attempting to land at Weno airport in Micronesia but ended up half submerged in Chuuk lagoon after the accident on Friday morning.

The airline said in a statement that it was working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators to try to find the missing male passenger.

Earlier reports said seven passengers and crew members were taken to a hospital but no one suffered serious injury.

The airline did not immediately offer any other details about the passenger, such as his age or nationality.

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.

The foreign affairs department has provided assistance to Filipinos who were aboard the Air Niugini flight that crash landed in a Pacific lagoon on Friday. "I thought, well, this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

The Federated States of Micronesia is a nation made up of over 600 islands in the Pacific.

He said it's a good thing that so many people use boats to travel and were able to quickly help with the rescue. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway.

The airline said weather was poor at the time of the landing with heavy rain and low visibility. Flight 73 was flying from Pohnpei, about 415 miles to the east, stopping in Chuuk before a scheduled leg to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

Chuuk Lagoon is a popular diving destination and the site of sunken Japanese ships that were bombed by the US military during World War II. "Everybody came together and rushed to the plane and rescued the passengers".

Jaynes said people on the plane were in water up to their waists and used the emergency exit to escape.

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