Air Niugini 737 overruns runway and ends up in the ocean

It is believed that there are 16 people on board on the plane all of whom were on their way to the hospital

The manager at Chuuk International Airport, Jimmy Emilio, said that the Boeing 737 was approaching the runway when it crashed into the lagoon, about 146 metres from the runway.

They were all taken to a local hospital for a medical check.

It is reported that the plane was arriving from Pohnpei, another Micronesian island, and was bound for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. "So far, we don't know why they went down".

Papua New Guinea authorities have confirmed that an Air Niugini plane has overshot a runway in Micronesia and ended up in the ocean.

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A passenger plane has crashed into a lagoon while attempting to land at an airport in the Federated States of Micronesia, but everyone on board has been rescued, officials say.

An American passenger on the plane, and one of the people who shot the video footage, Bill Jaynes, said that he was up to his waist in water whilst still on the plane.

"On a normal landing you end up 30m from the end of the runway and the end of the runway means water", he said.

Photos posted on social media showed the plane half submerged.

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The airline did not detail what caused the accident, which occurred at about 9:30am (2330 GMT Thursday).

A 2014 image of a Boeing 737-800 P2-PXE at Brisbane Airport.

"People were rescued by boats - 36 passengers and 11 crew were all rescued, only the plane is sinking right now".

A number of locals in boats ferried passengers from the plane.

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

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