Passenger plane crashes into lagoon in Micronesia, all survive

Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

The plane was being operated by Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

An Air Niugini plane has sunk after ending up in a lagoon off Weno airport in Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The incident occurred on Friday morning, when the 737, P2-PXE, was operating flight PX73 from Pohnpei, also part of the Federated States of Micronesia, to Chuuk.

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The accident took place at the Chuuk global airport on the Weno island of the South Pacific nation of Micronesia.

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A plane has crash-landed in the Pacific Ocean after overshooting a runway on the tiny island of Weno, north-west of Papua New Guinea. The passengers and crew were taken to hospital but no serious injuries were reported.

John Merelli, who works at a hotel on the island, said local people helped with the rescue effort within minutes of the crash. "The plane seemed to be intact and that fits in with landing on the runway and then shooting off which we've had some experience with, with other airlines".

The runway at Chuuk International is known to be especially short, at just 1,831m (6,006ft). Water was waist-deep in the cabin before rescuers arrived, he said.

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A spokesman for Papua New Guinea's Accident Investigation Commission said investigators would fly to the scene as soon as possible to figure out the turn of events.

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