A flotilla of small boats rescued all 47 passengers and crew from an Air Niugini flight that crashed into the ocean wanting the runway at an airport within the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia on Friday, the airport’s supervisor mentioned.
“It was speculated to land however as a substitute of touchdown it was 150 yards brief and she or he went down,” Jimmy Emilio, normal supervisor of Chuuk Airport at Weno in Micronesia, informed Reuters by telephone.
“We don’t actually know what occurred … folks had been rescued by boats – 36 passengers and 11 crew had been all rescued, solely the aircraft is sinking proper now,” he mentioned.
The Boeing 737 plane hit the lagoon surrounding the small island about 9.30 a.m. native time (2330 GMT Thursday), Emilio mentioned. The passengers and crew had been taken to hospital however no critical accidents had been reported.
Video revealed on-line by Radio New Zealand and footage posted on Twitter confirmed the half-submerged plane surrounded by small speedboats.
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Air Niugini in Port Moresby was not instantly accessible for remark. A spokesman for Papua New Guinea’s Accident Investigation Fee mentioned investigators would fly to the scene as quickly as potential to piece collectively what occurred.
In 2013, all 101 passengers aboard a Lion Air flight that overshot the runway at Denpasar in Indonesia and landed in shallow water had been equally rescued by boats with out casualties.