Rescue operation underway after plane with 189 passenger capacity crashes into lagoon

Uku ha vakapuna uta pasese Papuaniukini ne taumu'a ia ki Maikolonīsia 'i ha anovai pea 'oku pehē 'oku hao kotoa pe 'a e kau pāsese 'e toko 47 'o e vaka'

A passenger plane has crashed into a lagoon in the tiny island nation of Micronesia and an urgent rescue operation is underway.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, flew into a lagoon near Chuuk International Airport on Weno island.

Police have confirmed that all 47 who were onboard the plane are safe.

Boeing 737-800 aircraft can hold up to 189 passengers in addition to crew.

It had been on route to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

The aircraft overshot the runway whilst landing.

Photos from the scene show the aircraft in the water, with passengers being picked up by boats.

The aircraft was being operated by Air Niugini, the national carrier of Papua New Guinea.

There are not believed to have been any deaths or serious injuries.

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