4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

On Friday officials said seven people were taken to hospital after the crash, and said all 36 passengers and 11 crew had been accounted for.

A U.S. Navy underwater-construction team that was working in the area also helped in the rescue by shuttling passengers and crew members to shore in an inflatable boat, the 7th Fleet said in a statement.

FILE - In this September 28, 2018, file photo, local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The airline operating a flight that crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia on Friday now says one man is missing, after earlier saying all 47 passengers and crew had safely evacuated.

James Yaingeluo, one of the first to arrive at the scene, said the plane landed more than 500 meters short of the runway. We came in very low and unfortunately the flight attendants panicked and started yelling and I was trying to be calm and help.

Emilio said that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft however, according to recent reports it struck the lagoon which was surrounding a small island at about 9.30 a.m. local time in the country which is equivalent to 2330 GMT on Thursday. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed their powerless plane on the Hudson River and passengers and crew walked on the wings to be rescued. "I thought "this is not the way it's supposed to happen".

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Video shows plane sinking into a lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia.

"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.

He said the flight attendants were yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury. Officials initially said all passengers survived the incident.

USA sailors were working on improving a wharf nearby, and one snapped a picture as they helped shuttle survivors to shore.

Flight 73 was flying from Pohnpei, about 415 miles to the east, stopping in Chuuk before a scheduled leg to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

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