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
Captain / Total flying hours:
19780
Captain / Total hours on type:
2276
Copilot / Total flying hours:
4618
Copilot / Total hours on type:
368
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. A preliminary report stated that the aircraft impacted the water of Chuuk Lagoon about 460 meters short of the runway 04 threshold, during its approach to runway 04 at Chuuk International Airport. As the aircraft settled in the water, it turned clockwise through 210° and drifted 140 meters southeast of the runway 04 extended centreline, with the nose of the aircraft pointing about 265°.