Everybody on plane survives crash-landing in Pacific lagoon

Everybody on plane survives crash-landing in Pacific lagoon

Everybody on plane survives crash-landing in Pacific lagoon

Air Niugini, the official state airline of Papua New Guinea, confirmed in a statement that the aircraft "landed short of the runway whilst landing at Chuuk Island of the Federated States of Micronesia this morning".

Boats are surrounding the partly submerged plane to rescue passengers and crew but other details are not yet available.

There are not believed to have been any deaths or serious injuries.

The manager at Chuuk International Airport, Jimmy Emilio, said that the Boeing 737 was approaching the runway when it crashed into the lagoon, about 146 metres from the runway.

Passengers could be seen being picked up in small boats, the BBC reported.

The plane was scheduled to stop in Chuuk on its way from Pohnpei to Port Moresby.

Yale University cancels classes as students protest Kavanaugh's nomination
She is co-director of a group that has raised money to give to Collins' election opponent in 2020 if she supports Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will both testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

The aircraft was enroute to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, the outlet reported.

"I thought we landed hard until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in", passenger Bill Jaynes said in a video posted by the Pacific Daily News website.

He told Guardian Australia: "The plane crashed and in around five minutes the rescuers were there, they were ordinary people, because there are plenty of boats around the shore".

He added that rescue services arrived around 10 minutes later.

The cause of the incident is not yet known but media reports said it had overshot the runway while attempting to land.

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission was sending a team to the accident site, the ABC reported.

Related news