Plane Overshoots Runway, Ditches Into Lagoon

Plane Overshoots Runway, Ditches Into Lagoon

Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and began sinking.

The Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 was attempting to land at Weno airport in Micronesia but ended up half submerged in Chuuk lagoon.

Within minutes, locals scrambled a flotilla of small boats to pluck the 47 passengers and 12 crew from the water.

It reported no serious injuries among those on the plane.

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