Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia, sinks in sea lagoon

Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

Plane crash near Papua New Guinea

A plane carrying dozens of people sunk into the sea after the aircraft came off the end of the runway at Chuuk Airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia.

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).

"We don't really know what happened. people were rescued by boats - 36 passengers and 11 crew were all rescued, only the plane is sinking right now", he said.

This photo taken by James Benito on September 28, 2018, shows locals approaching the crashed Air Niugini aircraft on the remote Island of Weno, in Micronesia.

Micronesia is made up of four island states: Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap with palm-shaded beaches, wreck-filled dives and ancient ruins.

"The aircraft had 35 passengers and 12 crew members onboard, all of whom were able to safely evacuate the aircraft".

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RNZ Pacific's correspondent Giff Johnson said small boats quickly went out to help rescue passengers from the plane before it sank in the waters off the runway in the Chuuk capital, Weno.

Air Niugini is Papua New Guinea's leading airline.

The cause of the incident is not yet known but media reports said it had overshot the runway while attempting to land. Water was waist-deep in the cabin before rescuers arrived, he said.

It is believed that the Boeing 737-800 was capable of carrying upto 160 people, but BNO News reported numbers of injured or fatalities were now unclear.

The plane is now completely submerged and one passenger is injured.

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