Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Passenger jet overshoots runway, crashes into sea

Passenger jet overshoots runway, crashes into sea

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

A Papua New Guinean plane has sunk in a lagoon after overshooting the runway in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Images posted on social media show people being rescued from the half-submerged aircraft just off the coast.

"We don't really know what happened", he said.

Emilio has since confirmed that all of the 36 passengers and crew members on board the plane are accounted for and safe, reported PDN.

Air Niugini is Papua New Guinea's leading airline.

Boeing 737-800 aircraft can hold up to 189 passengers in addition to crew.

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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.

The cause of Friday's accident was not immediately known.

Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed their powerless plane on the Hudson River and passengers and crew walked on the wings to be rescued. Initial reports indicate the flight was arriving and landed in the water.

John Merelli, who works at a hotel on the island, said local people helped with the rescue effort within minutes of the crash.

According to registration details supplied by the airline, the plane was built in 2005 and had previously been owned by Air India Express and Mumbai-based Jet Airways.

Papua New Guinea officials say investigators from the country will head to Micronesia.

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