Plane crash in Micronesia as Air Niugini flight overshoots runway

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A flotilla of small boats rescued all 47 passengers and crew from an Air Niugini flight that crashed into the sea short of the runway at an airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia on Friday, the airport's manager said.

The Boeing 737-800 plane was attempting to land at Chuuk Airport on the remote island of Weno in Micronesia but ditched in a lagoon at about 9.30am local time (12.30am United Kingdom time).

Videos posted on social media show dozens of people in boats around the wreckage.

"I thought this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

Jacky says all passengers and crew on board were evacuated and taken to a hospital in Chuuk.

Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has operated since 1973.

Air Niugini management staff are now in a crisis meeting.

The Air Niuguini plane crashed on approach to Chuuk Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

"The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew".

John Merelli, who works at the High Tide Hotel close to the airport, said he heard the plane coming in to land.

"It's really fortunate that we didn't have any fatalities", said Glenn Harris, a government aviation security inspector for the Federated States of Micronesia.

PNG's Accident Investigation Commission is preparing a team to travel to the crash site just off the island of Weno.

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.

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