A Boeing 737 crash-landed into Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia as it attempted to land at Weno International Airport on Friday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand-Dozens of passengers and crew have survived a plane's crash-landing in a Pacific lagoon.
While Air Niugini is positioning assistance to Chuuk for its passengers and crew, videos and images continue to be posted on social media earlier this afternoon, showing local hospital staff assisting obviously shocked and shaken passengers and crew members.
In a brief statement, the airline said it could confirm that "all on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft".
Bill Jaynes, editor of Kaselehlie Press in Pohnpei in the FSM, was reportedly on the flight.
"It's just surreal", he said. "I thought, well, this is not like the way it's supposed to happen".
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Air Niugini Flight 73 has crashed in water in Chuuk State in Micronesia, sparking a rescue operation.
"It clearly wasn't a crash, in the sense of a plane going down and coming apart".
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.
The PNG Accident Investigation Commission is preparing a team to travel to the site of the accident. The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew.
Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has operated since 1973.
"Further information will be provided as it becomes available".