Everybody survived a plane’s crash landing in a Pacific lagoon Friday morning, with boats helping rescue more than 40 people from the half-submerged aircraft in the Micronesia archipelago.
The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island, according to the airline. Seven people were taken to a hospital, according to officials, including one described as being in a critical but stable condition.
Striking footage shows people being rescued in boats in images reminiscent of the 2009 crash landing in New York City known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
“It’s really fortunate that we didn’t have any fatalities,” said Glenn Harris, a government aviation security inspector for the Federated States of Micronesia.
Harris said the plane left from the Micronesian island of Pohnpei about 700 kilometers (435 miles) to the east before making the water landing a little before 10 a.m.