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Passenger plane lands in ocean after overshooting runway

28 September 2018

"It was supposed to land but instead of landing it was 150 yards short and she went down", Jimmy Emilio, general manager of Chuuk Airport at Weno in Micronesia, told Reuters by telephone.

The accident happened at 9:30 a.m. on Friday when Air Niugini Flight 73 was flying from Pohnpei to Chuuk Airport on Weno island, where it was scheduled to make a stop before continuing on to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

An Air Niugini passenger plane was sinking in the ocean on September 28 after the plane landed before reaching the air strip at Chuuk Airport in Micronesia.

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The pictures show rescuers responding to the crash, to help passengers and crew members to shore.

Only the top half of the plane was visible in a photo obtained by RNZ Pacific, and small boats boarded with people were scattered around it.

Palikir: A Boeing 737-800 aircraft has come down in a lagoon off Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean. The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew.

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The aircraft was enroute to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, the outlet reported.

It is believed that the Boeing 737-800 was capable of carrying upto 160 people, but BNO News reported numbers of injured or fatalities were now unclear.

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission was sending a team to the accident site, the ABC reported.

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People in small boats were seen rescuing people from the plane before it began to sink.

Passenger plane lands in ocean after overshooting runway