Plane crash, 4 in hospital

US Navy rescues plane crash survivors

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

Local authorities and the airline are continuing to investigate the location of the unaccounted passenger.

The Papua New Guinea national carrier says the four were among 47 passengers and crew who were evacuated from a sinking Boeing 737 on Friday after Flight PX73 crashed into a lagoon near the Chuuk International Airport runway.

The nine Filipinos onboard Air Niugini Flight that crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia on Friday after missing the runway were safe and are on their way to Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Saturday.

The divers have confirmed that all the passengers had safely evacuated the aircraft.

Air Niugini's chairman, Sir Kostas Constantinou, last night said one passenger remained unaccounted for.

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.

A Papua New Guinea accident investigation team flew to Micronesia on Friday, the Post Courier newspaper reported. All the passengers and crew were rescued.

What caused the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear.

"It is with deep sadness I confirm that the body of male passenger was discovered by divers today as they conducted a further search of P2-PXE [Pohnpei to Chuuk route] and the surrounding area in the Chuuk Lagoon. Our outreach team is in touch with the man's family and we are making arrangements to repatriate his body".

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