Chuuk residents praised for 'awesome' response to plane crash

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

A US Navy underwater construction team responded on Friday, September 28, when an Air Nuigini flight crashed into the lagoon just short of the runway at Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The DFA also noted that one passenger is missing, but the other 46 passengers were safe.

Passengers and crew were taken to the hospital for checks and no serious injuries were reported.

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

Within minutes, locals scrambled a flotilla of small boats to pluck the 35 passengers and 12 crew from the water.

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Jaynes said people on the plane were in water up to their waists and used the emergency exit to escape. The airline and the US Navy both said the plane landed in the lagoon short of the runway.

"I thought we landed hard", he said.

The cause of the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear.

Emilio said that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft however, according to recent reports it struck the lagoon which was surrounding a small island at about 9.30 a.m. local time in the country which is equivalent to 2330 GMT on Thursday.

Passenger Bill Jaynes said the plane came in very low. "And I thought, well, this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

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

The U.S. Embassy in Micronesia said it was working to confirm the identities and the health and safety of any American passengers onboard the flight.

In a statement from Air Niugini, the operator of the plane, they said: "P2-PXE was operating scheduled flight PX 073 between Pohnpei and Chuuk Airport in FSM when the incident occurred".

Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has operated since 1973.

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.

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