An Air Niugini plane crashed in a lagoon off the Federal States of Micronesia after missing the runway while attempting to land.
The airline said it is now sending help to the island state and is contacting officials, passenger representatives and the crew’s families.
“Air Niugini is now positioning assistance to Chuuk for our passengers and crew,” the airline said. “We are also in touch with the embassies, passenger representatives, stakeholders and families of the crew.”
“We thank everyone in Chuuk for the assistance provided today,” it added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers, crew and their families at this time.”
It said in a follow-up statement that the airline’s management will fly out to Chuuk to provide assistance, including a company doctor.
Passengers of the downed flight will be able to complete their trip to Port Moresby and hotel accommodation will be provided for others, the airline said.