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Last updated: 20 April 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 28 September 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8BK (WL)
Operator:Air Niugini
Registration: P2-PXE
C/n / msn: 33024/1688
First flight: 2005-04-01 (13 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:37160
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 47
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chuuk/Weno International Airport (TKK) (   Micronesia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pohnpei Airport (PNI/PTPN), Micronesia
Destination airport:Chuuk/Weno International Airport (TKK/PTKK), Micronesia
A Boeing 737-800 operated by Air Niugini came to rest in a lagoon during an attempted landing at Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia. The aircraft impacted the water of Chuuk Lagoon about 1,500 ft (460 m) 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 degrees and drifted 460 ft (140 m) south east of the runway 04 extended centreline, with the nose of the aircraft pointing about 265 deg.
The 12 crew members and 34 passengers exited the aircraft and were promptly rescued and brought to shore by U.S. Navy divers and several other boats. Local divers located the fatally injured passenger in the aircraft 3 days after the accident.
Air Niugini flight 73 had departed Pohnpei Airport, Micronesia on a flight to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with an en route stop at Weno-Chuuk International Airport. The aircraft was approaching in rain with Cumulonimbus clouds moving at 800-1000 feet over the airport.


METAR Weather report:
00:02 UTC / 10:02 local time:
PTKK 280002Z VRB05KT 12SM -SHRA SCT010CB BKN110 OVC280 26/25 A2973 RMK CB ALQDS

00:51 UTC / 10:51 local time:
PTKK 280051Z 18008KT 14SM SCT012CB BKN120 OVC280 27/26 A2972 RMK SHRAE20 CB ALQDS MOV N SLP066 T02670256

22:50 UTC / 08:50 local time:
PTKK 272250Z VRB05KT 14SM SCT012CB BKN120 OVC280 26/25 A2973 RMK CB ALQDS SLP071 T02610246

23:40 UTC / 09:40 local time:
PTKK 272340Z 04007KT 3SM SHRA BKN000 OVC008CB 26/25 A2973 RA BKN000 CB ALQDS MOV SW

23:55 UTC / 09:55 local time:
PTKK 282355Z 04007KT 3SM SHRA BKN000 OVC008CB 26/25 A2973 RMK CB ALQDS MOV SW SLP071 60186 8/3// T02610250 10261 20250 52015


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
1 April 2005 VT-AXC Boeing first flight
19 April 2005 VT-AXC Air India Express delivered
6 July 2007 VT-AXC Air India Express runway excursion in heavy rain at Cochin, India
29 July 2010 VT-JBT Jet Airways
24 July 2013 M-ABGK CIT Leasing Corporation
13 Sept. 2013 P2-PXE Air Niugini
12 May 2018 P2-PXE Air Niugini hit by Lockheed Hercules while stationary at Post Moresby
4 July 2018 P2-PXE Air Niugini rejected takeoff incident after compressor stall

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pohnpei Airport to Chuuk/Weno International Airport as the crow flies is 701 km (438 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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