Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and lands in ocean

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"Air Niugini can confirm that all on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft".

"We don't really know what happened. people were rescued by boats - 36 passengers and 11 crew were all rescued, only the plane is sinking right now", he said.

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. The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew.

A Papua New Guinean plane has sunk in a lagoon after overshooting the runway in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Passengers can be seen evacuating the submerged aircraft.

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

The aircraft belongs to Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea's national carrier.

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Passengers could be seen being picked up in small boats, the BBC reported.

According to local news reports, the Boeing 737-800 was running according to schedule, stopping in Chuuk while on its way from Pohnpei, Micronesia to Port Moresby.

He said the passengers and crew were at the local hospital undergoing checks, with no serious injuries reported.

It is unclear what caused the crash.

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission is preparing a team to travel to the site of the accident.

"We're trying to arrange a team to go there but I can not give you any more information because I simply don't have it", a spokesman told AFP.

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