1 confirmed dead after plane crash in Pacific lagoon

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

A US Navy underwater construction team responded on Friday, September 28, when an Air Nuigini flight crashed into the lagoon just short of the runway at Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Papua New Guinea-based airline said on Friday all 47 passengers and crew on board had safely evacuated the Boeing Co 737 jet after it landed in a lagoon during heavy rain and reduced visibility.

Air Niugini has operated since 1973.

The airline further confirms that it is assisting the passengers with accommodation and other immediate needs, and will continue to provide assistance to them over the coming weeks.

All 46 passengers and crew were accounted for and one was reported missing.

And on Monday, the airline confirmed that divers found the body of the unaccounted man in the Chuuk lagoon's surrounding area.

An Air Niugini spokeswoman did not immediately respond on Monday to a request for an update on the search for the passenger and for details including his nationality.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, Air Niugini CEO Tahawar Durrani confirmed the death "with deep sadness" and said the company was "committing all required resources to ascertain the factors that led to this accident".

Air Niugini chairman Kosta Constaninou had said on Sunday that witnesses reported seeing the missing passenger board a dinghy as USA divers and local residents rescued the passengers and crew from the sinking plane.

Air Niugini in a statement said the USA divers have confirmed that all the passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft.

"Our outreach team is in touch with the man's family and we are making arrangements to repatriate his body", Durrani said in a statement.

The exact cause of the crash remains unclear.

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