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The Moment Air Niugini Plane Crashed Into Sea In Micronesia, Papua New Guinea - Travel - RMWO

This newly released footage from inside the cockpit of an Air Niugini Boeing 737 plane shows the moment it crashed into the Pacific in Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, last year September. It was filmed by an alarmed aircraft maintenance engineer on his iPhone.

The plane was flying from Pohnpei to Chuuk, both in the Federated States of Micronesia, when it crashed and sank to about 98 feet (30 meters) of water, killing one person.



Investigators from Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (PNG AIC) said the plane missed the runway by 1,500 feet (460 meters) in weather with poor visibility that required pilots to rely on their instruments.

The report also said the captain and first officer ignored a total of 17 audible warnings that they were flying too low.

The report read:

Thirty-four passengers and 12 crew members were later rescued by local boats and US Navy divers, with six passengers seriously injured.

The report also found that the only passenger that died -- whose body was discovered by divers three days after the crash -- wasn't wearing a seat belt -- which allowed his body to become a projectile sustaining traumatic head and facial injuries.

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