Micronesia air crash turns fatal as passenger's body found: airline

Geneva Stokes
October 1, 2018

The cause of the crash remains unclear. The airline and the US Navy both said the plane landed in the lagoon short of the runway.

Jaynes said those aboard managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane. "When the plane came to a stop all the civilian boats came to help transport passengers to dry land".

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"[It is] very lucky that this happened during the day and [they] got good help from passersby".

"As the plane approaches, the sound of the engine is getting stronger, then suddenly a splash of water", he said, adding that he then heard screaming. In his statement he said that they really don't what transpired but the best thing is all the people in the flight were rescued by means of boats. Divers are working to recover the plane's black boxes and the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will assist with the investigation. Micronesia is made up of 4 island states: Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap.

He said he has yet to see a passenger manifest, but typical passengers would include businesspeople from Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia, as well as some tourists.

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Air Niugini said in a release that as of Saturday afternoon, it was unable to account for a male passenger.

The airline said weather was poor at the time of the landing with heavy rain and low visibility.

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

Air Niugini issued a brief statement via Twitter shortly after the crash.

The country and the airline's profiles are likely to rise because Papua New Guinea is hosting world leaders in November for an annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

There were also two Australians who, according to a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson, did not request any consular assistance from the Australian embassy in Pohnpei.

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