Airline now says one man missing after plane crash lands in ocean

The Air Niugini flight crashed into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia

JAMES YAINGELUO APThe Air Niugini flight crashed into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia

Earlier today Air Niugini reported that it can not account for one male passenger and is working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators to locate this passenger, who was on board flight PX 073.

The airline said it was working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators to try to find the man. All 47 passengers and crew survived.

The airline did not immediately offer any other details about the passenger, such as his age or nationality.

The passengers managed to escape from the plane, and locals arrived shortly on small boats to assist with the rescue operation.

"Air Niugini advises that its Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, P2-PXE landed short of the runway whilst landing at Chuuk Island of the Federated States of Micronesia this morning".

Seven people were transported to the hospital after the crash.

Nine Filipinos on board an Air Niugini plane that crash-landed in the South Pacific nation of Micronesia were all safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

What caused the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear.

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"I thought we landed hard", passenger Bill Jaynes said in an interview shared with the Associated Press. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway.

"We were able to get out, the water was only up to about here on me, inside the plane, and we went out the emergency exit doors", Jaynes said. "I thought "this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

He said the flight attendants were yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury.

"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 added.

This Boeing 737-800 crash in the Federated States of Micronesia follows the loss of a 50-seat Dash-8 aircraft which was torched by an angry mob in the PNG Highlands in June.

There are four Vietnam citizens on the plane of Papua New Guinea airline Air Niugini that crashed into a Pacific lagoon on September 28, according to Indonesia Embassy in Vietnam.

According to data from the Aviation Safety Network, 111 people have died in crashes of Papua New Guinea-registered airlines in the past two decades, though none involved Air Niugini.

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