Earlier stories acknowledged that every one passengers and crew had safely been evacuated.
However in a press release printed on Saturday, Air Niugini mentioned that they “are working with native authorities, hospitals and investigators to find this passenger who was aboard” flight PX073.
The assertion added that Air Niugini was working with the lacking passenger’s embassy and journey operator to contact his household and that finding him stays the corporate’s “main concern.” The airline didn’t give the nationality of the lacking individual.
The Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 plane carrying 47 individuals — 35 passengers and 12 crew members — plunged into the water after it “landed in need of the runway,” on the worldwide airport on Weno, the primary island of Chuuk state in Micronesia.
Inside minutes, native fishermen have been on the scene with a flotilla of small motor boats to rescue individuals.
Invoice Jaynes, managing editor of a Micronesia-based newspaper, was on the airplane when it hit the water.
Jaynes mentioned individuals on the airplane have been in water as much as their waists and used the emergency exit to flee.
Pictures and video footage posted on-line confirmed small fishing boats surrounding the stricken, semi-submerged airplane, ferrying passengers to security.
James Yaingeluo, one of many first to reach on the scene, mentioned the airplane landed greater than 500 meters in need of the runway.
“Fortunately, it occurred in the course of the daytime,” he mentioned. “When the airplane got here to a cease all of the civilian boats got here to assist transport passengers to dry land.”
“As soon as the doorways opened everyone fought to get out,” he added. “All of the passengers have been scared and in shock.”
“The airline is making all efforts to make sure the security and quick wants of our passengers and crew,” Air Niugini mentioned.
The airline mentioned it had obtained stories that “the climate was very poor with heavy rain and decreased visibility on the time of incident.”
Passengers and crew have been taken to the hospital for checks and no severe accidents have been reported.
The runway, like others within the north Pacific, is comparatively quick at 1,831 meters, surrounded on three sides by water, AFP reported
Air Niugini lists just one 737-800 amongst its fleet of 21 plane on its official web site.