Pinoys safe after plane crash-landed in Micronesia - DFA

Locals in heroic rescue as plane overshoots runway into lagoon

Locals in heroic rescue as plane overshoots runway into lagoon

Locals in the Federated States of Micronesia were quick to react and by that saved lives when an aircraft overshot a runway and plunged into a lagoon.

Fortunately, it did not end in fatalities as all 47 passengers and crew survived after the pilot missed the runway.

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

The cause of the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear. "I thought "this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

"One would think that they might be afraid to approach a plane that's just crashed". A flotilla of small boats raced to help, pulling people from the water and bringing them to shore.

A passenger plane has crash-landed into the ocean around the tiny Pacific island nation of Micronesia.

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

James Yaingeluo, one of the first to arrive at the scene, said the plane landed more than 500 meters short of the runway.

Jaynes said he and others managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane and added that the flight attendants were panicking and yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury.

The weather "was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of the incident", Air Niugini said in a statement.

According to data from the Aviation Safety Network, 111 people have died in crashes of Papua New Guinea-registered airlines in the past two decades, though none involved Air Niugini. But their total land area is only four times the size of the USA capital.

Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has operated since 1973. The country is located north of Australia and east of the Philippines.

Passenger Bill Jaynes, editor of the Pohnpei-based Kaselehlie Press newspaper said he did not even realise there had been an accident until he saw water gushing into the fuselage. It has close ties with the US under an agreement known as a compact of free association.

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