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Boeing 737-800 Air Niugini "landed" in water (Photo / Video)
Today, Boeing 737-800 (P2-PXE) Air Niugini, on PX73 flight, stopped in the bay of a Gulf near Chuuk International Airport.
We start this day with 2 news: a good one and a less good one. The less good news: a Boeing 737-800 Air Niugini "landed" in the water near Chuuk International Airport. The good news: "everyone on board was saved." 8 people needed medical care, 4 people suffered more serious injuries.
The flight Niugini PX73, from the route Pohnpei - Chuuk - Port Moresby, took off according to the schedule from Pohnpei Airport to Chuuk, having as final destination Port Moresby. The flight normally ran close to runway 04 at Chuuk Airport, Weno Island, Micronesia, when weather conditions deteriorated.
A Boeing 737-800 Air Niugini landed in the water
According to local media and witnesses, the plane went down the right path until it hit the surface of the water and stopped at the bay, approximately 300 m from the runway threshold. At this point, it is still unclear whether the aircraft exceeded the runway end or sank in the lagoon before reaching the runway. But according to the image below, the plane was more likely to approach the normal landing line.
The plane managed to stay afloat for a long time, allowing passengers to evacuate through the emergency exits and through the front door. However, over time the aircraft sank further. All 36 passengers and 11 crew members managed to escape. They were transported to the shore with the help of boats.
At the time of the accident, there was a storm associated with low visibility and heavy rain. The weather deteriorated rapidly during the landing process.
There is an ongoing investigation, and some information is contradictory. We will come back with information!