Air Niugini PX56 crashes in Chuuk; U.S. Navy, locals render aid

An Air Niugini plane crashed in a lagoon off Weno airport in Chuuk on Friday morning.

Pictures and videos of passengers being rescued and evacuated from the crash site were posted on the social media.

No official information has been released. Phone calls to the Chuuk airport and Air Niugini office were not answered as of this writing.

A source from the field said there were 46 passengers on board and all were accounted for..

Bill Jaynes, editor of Pohnpei's Kasehlelie Press, is among the passengers. An email from his relative said "He is OK."

(Photo, U.S. Navy)

According to the flight schedule on line, the ill-fated aircraft, Boeing 737-800, left Pohnpei at 8:50 a.m. and was scheduled to stop over in Chuuk at 8:55 a.m. on its way to Port Moresby.