Micronesia air crash turns fatal as passenger's body found

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

The runway, is 1,831 x 46m, which is considered short with Heathrow's runway measuring 3,902 x 50m.

"It was supposed to land but instead of landing it was 150 yards short and she went down", Jimmy Emilio, Chuuk Airport general manager at Weno in Micronesia, told Reuters by telephone.

Seven passengers and crew members were taken to a hospital, but no one suffered serious injury, officials had said earlier.

The team was on hand working on improving the wharf area in Chuuk and other operations, the Navy said. The operator blamed the incident on poor weather and that heavy rains had reduced visibility.

"Despite water ingress, the aircraft managed to stay afloat for some time allowing passenger evacuation via the over wing exits and the forward passenger door".

The Federated States of Micronesia is a nation made up of over 600 islands in the Pacific. We came in very low and unfortunately the flight attendants panicked and started yelling and I was trying to be calm and help. "Water was waist-deep in the cabin before rescuers arrived".

"At this point, it is still unclear whether the aircraft overshot the end of the runway or ditched in the lagoon before reaching the runway", JACDEC said.

The Boeing 737-800 is purportedly a 13-year-old aircraft that was previously operated by Jet Airways and Air India Express and was involved in a collision at Port Moresby in May, The Guardian reported.

"Air Niugini can confirm that all on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft", the firm said in a brief statement.

Air Niugini chairman Kosta Constaninou said witnesses reported seeing the passenger board a dinghy as United States divers and locals rescued the passengers and crew from the sinking plane.

These four passengers are being transported to Guam for further treatment.

"As of 12:30 p.m. today, we are unable to account for a single male passenger and are working with the local authorities, hospitals and investigators to locate this passenger who was aboard our flight PX 073", Air Niugini statement said.

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