4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash

4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash

4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash

Except for one passenger who was reported missing, all the other 46 passengers and flight crew were safe.

Local authorities and the airline are continuing to investigate the location of the unaccounted passenger.

Passengers and crew were taken to the hospital for checks and no serious injuries were reported. An Air Niugini spokeswoman did not immediately respond on Monday to a request for an update on the search for the passenger and for further details about him, including his nationality. Eight people remain in hospital, one of which is on a ventilator.

In 2008, an Asia Pacific Airlines cargo Boeing 727 overran and ended up with its nose landing gear in the lagoon at the end of the Pohnpei airport runway.

The cause of the crash remains unclear. "Initial on scene reports had indicated that all passengers and crew had been safely evacuated from the aircraft".

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 said it was in touch with embassies, passenger representatives, stakeholders and families of the crew. "I thought "this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

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Jaynes said he and others managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane.

A South Pacific airline announced Monday that a passenger died when a plane crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway.

Air Niugini is yet to release the manifest but it is understood that there was at least one Fijian, nine Filipinos and some Indonesians, and Micronesians on board.

Air Niugini scheduled a special flight "to allow those passengers who wish to complete their trip to Port Moresby and onward to their final destinations".

In the "Miracle on the Hudson", both engines on a U.S. Airways jet failed after it struck a flock of geese during takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport.

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