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Air Niugini plane overshoots runway and lands in lagoon

A plane overshot a runway and crash landed in a lagoon in Micronesia but all passengers and crew on board miraculously survived.

The Air Niugini plane hit the water while trying to land at Chuuk Island on Friday.

Astonishing pictures show the plane just after it had landed on the water, as locals rushed out on small boats to rescue passengers.

Officials said all 36 passengers and 11 crew members on board escaped with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is currently unclear but investigations will begin soon.

Chuuk Airport manager Jimmy Emilio said that the plane missed the runway by about 160 yards.

He told the BBC: “Right now we don’t really know what happened. Investigations will start earliest tomorrow, but [for now], operations are starting again as usual in the airport.”

The airline said it was working to ensure the ongoing safety of the passengers.

Bill Jaynes, an American passenger on the flight, said in a Facebook post that the plane came in “very low.”

He said: “I thought we landed hard, until I looked over to the side of the plane and saw a hole, the water was coming in.”

Mr Jaynes praised locals for their quick response to the incident.

Other incredible images show locals using their boats to approach the aircraft and rescue those on board as the plane sinks lower into the water.

The Boeing 737-800 had been travelling from Pohnpei in Micronesia to Port Moresby in Papa New Guinea, stopping at Chuuk on the way.

It has been compared to the crash landing of an airliner on the Hudson River in 2009. Both engines of the US Airways jet failed forcing the pilots to land the powerless plane on the Hudson River.

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