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Aeroplane crashes into water in Micronesia

A Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 47 people crashed into the sea off a small island in Micronesia on Friday after the pilot missed the runway while attempting to land.  Air Niugini Flight 72 was was supposed to land but instead of landing it was 150 yards short and she went down Friday at the international airport on Weno, the main island of Chuuk state, Micronesia, but landed short of the runway, according to a statement from Air Niugini, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea. The passengers on the plane were in water up to their waists and used the emergency exit to escape.

Photographs and video footage posted online showed small fishing boats surrounding the stricken, semi-submerged plane, ferrying passengers to safety. The airline said it had received reports that ‘the weather was very poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility at the time of the incident.’ Air Niugini confirmed that all on board — 35 passengers and 12 crew members — were able to safely evacuate the aircraft. “The airline is making all efforts to ensure the safety and immediate needs of our passengers and crew,” it added. The investigations are due to begin soon. In 2013, all 101 passengers aboard a Lion Air flight that overshot the runway at Denpasar in Indonesia and landed in shallow water were similarly rescued by boats without casualties.

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