A South Pacific airline announced Monday that a passenger died when a plane crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week.
U.S. Navy Sailors assist local authorities in shuttling passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight PX56 to shore following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia, September 28, 2018.
Four Vietnamese citizens were among the passengers on a plane of Papua New Guinea's Air Niugini that missed the runway at an airport in Micronesia last week, the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia confirmed on Sunday.
Air Niugini's chairman, Sir Kostas Constantinou, last night said one passenger remained unaccounted for.
And on Monday, the airline confirmed that divers found the body of the unaccounted man in the Chuuk lagoon's surrounding area.More news: TV Ratings Are Out For Tiger Woods’ Final Round On Sunday
"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.
"As of 12:30 p.m. today, we are unable to account for a single male passenger and are working with the local authorities, hospitals and investigators to locate this passenger who was aboard our flight PX 073", Air Niugini statement said.
A Chuuk State Hospital official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
The exact cause of the crash remains unclear. Most of the passengers and all the crew have arrived in Port Moresby on this afternoon's Air Niugini special flight and the airline is arranging their onwards travel. The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at the island, according to the airline. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway. An official form Micronesia's Division of Civil Aviation did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
The Air Niugini plane in the lagoon off Weno airport in Chuuk.