Date & Time: Sep 28, 2018 at 1010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-800
Operator:
Registration:
P2-PXE
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kolonia – Chuuk – Port Moresby
MSN:
33024/1688
YOM:
2005
Flight number:
PX073
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
35
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Kolonia (Pohnpei Island) to Port Moresby with an intermediate stop at Weno Island Airport. The descent to Weno Island Airport (Chuuk Islands) was initiated in poor weather conditions with limited visibility, CB's down to 800 feet and rain falls. On final approach to runway 04, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck the water surface and crashed into the sea few hundred yards short of runway. Fishermen were able to intervene quickly and all 47 occupants were evacuated, eight of them were injured, four seriously. The airplane remained partially submerged and the fuselage broke in the middle section. On October 1st, the body of a reported missing passenger was found. The exact circumstances of the accident is still unclear as some reports states that the aircraft landed on runway 04 but was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran and eventually crashed into the sea some 150 meters past the runway end. Development will follow.