Search continues for passenger missing after Air Niugini rescue

Search continues for passenger missing after Air Niugini rescue

Search continues for passenger missing after Air Niugini rescue

An airline says four passengers remain hospitalized after one of its planes crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week.

Sir Kostas Constantinou, Chairman of Air Niugini, said: "It was of great concern to learn [over the weekend] that one of the passengers on the flight was, and still is, unaccounted for.

Local authorities and the airline are continuing to search for the whereabouts of the missing passenger".

A U.S. Navy underwater-construction team that was working in the area also helped in the rescue by shuttling passengers and crew members to shore in an inflatable boat, the 7th Fleet said in a statement.

Within minutes, locals scrambled a flotilla of small boats to pluck the 35 passengers and 12 crew from the water.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft was on a scheduled stop in Chuuk on its route from Pohnpei, Micronesia, to its final destination of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The airline said the plane, which was involved in a collision with another aircraft earlier this year, had "landed short of the runway". The airline said the plane landed short of the runway.


"I was really impressed with the locals who immediately started coming out in boats", he said in an interview with a Baptist missionary in Chuuk, Matthew Colson, who recorded the rescue effort and posted his interview with Jaynes on Facebook. The operator blamed the incident on poor weather and that heavy rains had reduced visibility. "Initial on scene reports had indicated that all passengers and crew had been safely evacuated from the aircraft". "I thought "this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

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.

The Federated States of Micronesia is a nation made up of over 600 islands in the Pacific.

It is not the first time a plane has overshot the runway in Micronesia.

"Australian Embassy officials in Pohnpei have spoken to two Australians who were on the aircraft and neither has requested consular assistance", said a DFAT spokesperson.

Air Niugini has operated since 1973.

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