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Micronesia air crash turns fatal as passenger's body found

01 October 2018

"Local authorities and the airline are continuing to search for the whereabouts of the missing passenger".

The airline did not immediately respond to requests for more details about the passenger, such as his age or nationality.

The fleet includes Boeing 767 and 737 jets for global routes, according to the airline, as well as Fokker F-100 aircraft, Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft for challenging local terrain.

"The divers have confirmed that all the passengers had safely evacuated the aircraft", the statement added.

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

He thanked the airline crew and local people who went to the rescue passengers, for their quick response in the evacuation.

The pictures of the plane resting in the water and boats rescuing passengers bring back memories of the "Miracle on the Hudson" in 2009, where U.S. Airways pilots successfully landed on the river after bird strikes knocked out both engines.

Jaynes said people on the plane were in water up to their waists and used the emergency exit to escape. Eight remained there, with four in serious but stable condition.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippine government will provide assistance to the nine Filipinos. Officials initially said all passengers survived the incident.

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Flight PX73 from nearby Pohnpei island crashed into a lagoon about 145 meters (475 feet) from the Chuuk International Airport runway, the airline said.

"At this point, it is still unclear whether the aircraft overshot the end of the runway or ditched in the lagoon before reaching the runway", JACDEC said.

Bill Jaynes, one of the passengers, said the plane came in very low. When it landed she looked over and was surprised to see a hole inside the plane where water was coming in. "And I thought, well, this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

He said the flight attendants were yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury.

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Micronesia air crash turns fatal as passenger's body found