An airline is missing a passenger following an incident which caused the plane to hit a lagoon while trying to land.
Air Niugini had originally said that all of the 47 passengers on board the flight had been accounted for.
However the company is now stating that it was unable to account for one male passenger, following the incident on Friday which saw the plane take a splash landing in the Pacific lagoon.
Locals approached the crashed Air Niugini flight on the remote Island of Weno in Micronesia
Local fishing boats moved in to recover the passengers and crew of the flight following the crash
Seven people had been taken to hospital to be treated following the aircraft ditching into the lagoon
The flight had crashed in Micronesia when it was trying to land at the Chuuk Island airport.
Crew and passengers had been safely evacuated from the plane and the airline said it is now working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators to try and find the missing man.
The man has not yet been identified.
Six passengers from the flight still remain in hospital in a stable condition
Sailors from the US Navy’s underwater construction team assisted local authorities with the incident
Local boats helped to rescue the other passengers and crew after the plane hit the water while trying to land.
Seven people had been taken to hospital and the airline said that six passengers remained at the hospital Saturday, all of them in a stable condition.
The cause of the crash is still unknown. Both the airline and the US Navy said the plane landed in the lagoon short of the runway. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway, CBS News reported.
Bill Jaynes (pictured) was a passenger on the flight and spoke to local media about the ordeal
One passenger, an American man, Bill Jaynes said the plane came in very low.
‘I’m alive. That’s an extremely good thing,’ said Jaynes.
‘It was just surreal. I thought we landed hard until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in. I thought, well, this is not the way it’s supposed to happen.’
Jaynes said he and others managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane and added that the flight attendants were panicking and yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury.
The US Navy said sailors working nearby on improving a wharf also helped in the rescue by using an inflatable boat to shuttle people ashore before the plane sank in about 30 meters (100 feet) of water.
Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has operated since 1973. Data from the Aviation Safety Network indicates 111 people have died in crashes of PNG-registered airlines in the past two decades but none involved Air Niugini.