9 Filipinos onboard Air Niugini safe after plane crash landed in Micronesia

Published September 30, 2018, 11:47 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Roy Mabasa

The nine Filipino seafarers who were onboard the Air Niugini plane that crash landed in Micronesia are all safe, the Philippine Consulate office in Guam said on Sunday.

People are evacuated from an Air Niugini plane crashed in the waters in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia, September 28, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. James Yaingeluo/via REUTERS/ MANILA BULLETIN
People are evacuated from an Air Niugini plane crashed in the waters in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia, September 28, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. James Yaingeluo/via REUTERS/ MANILA BULLETIN

Consul General Marciano de Borja said the nine Filipinos will be taking other flights to Manila.

He said coordination is being made with the airline for the retrieval of the Filipino seafarers’ luggage.

According to Borja, the Filipinos were on their way to the Philippines for a vacation when their plane crashed in a lagoon short of the runway as it attempted to land in Chuuk Island airport.

Except for one passenger who was reported missing, all the other 46 passengers and flight crew were safe.

Earlier reports said seven passengers and crew members were taken to a hospital but no one suffered serious injury.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippine government will provide assistance to the nine Filipinos.

 
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