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.
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.