Air Niugini 737 overruns runway and ends up in the ocean

People are evacuated from an Air Niugini plane which crashed in the waters in Weno Chuuk Micronesia

Jimmy Emilio, the manager at Chuuk International Airport, told the Pacific Daily News that the plane was approaching Runway 4 when it crashed into the lagoon, about 160 yards (146 meters) from the runway.

The Air Niugini plane overshot the runway and sank in a sea lagoon at about 9.30 am local time on Friday.

Images posted online showed dozens of people on boats surrounding the wreckage as they attempted to rescue those on-board the Air Niugini plane.

"I thought this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

Local media has reported that the 36 passengers and 11 crew members on board the Boeing 737 are all safe.

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

Air Niugini management staff are now in a crisis meeting. The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew.

An employee at a hotel located close to the runway told Guardian Australia that he initially thought nothing of it as it came into land.

"It's really fortunate that we didn't have any fatalities", said Glenn Harris, a government aviation security inspector for the Federated States of Micronesia. Initial reports indicate the flight was arriving and landed in the water.

This particular route the Air Niugini flight was one is taken once a week, taking off from Pohnpei, stopping over in Chuuk and heading for Port Moresby.

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

Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission is now preparing a team to investigate the site of the accident.

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