Air Niugini Plane Overshoots Runway and Sinks in Sea Lagoon

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An Air Niugini plane travelling from the Federated States of Micronesia to Papua New Guinea has landed in water after overshooting a runway on Friday morning.

According to the reports, all passengers and crew were rescued safely, after Boeing 737 came to rest in the lagoon.

Local witnesses told media that the plane floated long enough for the passengers and crew members to escape and be rescued by locals in their boats from the sinking plane.

Videos posted to social media show dozens of people in boats around the wreckage. Various reports said there had been up to 57 people on board, including 11 crew and either 36 or 46 passengers.

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PNG authorities are investigating the cause of the crash, which is currently unknown. “So far, we don’t know why they went down,” Chuuk airport manager Jimmy Emilio told Pacific Daily News.

Air Niugini is PNG’s national carrier which services domestic network and international routes across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.