Plane crash in Micronesia as Air Niugini flight overshoots runway


Chuuk Airport manager Jimmy Emilio told local media outlets the Air Niugini plane cleared the runway by about 160metres.

The accident happened at 9:30 a.m. on Friday when Air Niugini Flight 73 was flying from Pohnpei to Chuuk Airport on Weno island, where it was scheduled to make a stop before continuing on to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

A plane has reportedly overshot the runway in Micronesia this morning. Visuals from the accident are floating all over social media.

Fortunately, all people on the plane were rescued after the crash and no one sustained any serious injury.

In the pictures the aircraft is partially submerged, but has not sunk.

Chuuk Lagoon surrounding Weno Island in the n the Federated States Of Micronesia.

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The airline said in a brief statement that everybody aboard the Boeing 737 plane was able to safely evacuate, and the airline was making all efforts to ensure the ongoing safety of the passengers.

Locals approached the crashed Air Niugini aircraft to rescue the people onboard.

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

Micronesia, located north of Australia and east of the Philippines, is home to just over 100,000 people.

In 2009, both engines on a US Airways jet failed after striking a flock of geese during takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport.