A South Pacific airline announced Monday that a passenger died when a plane crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week.
An Air Niugini spokeswoman did not immediately respond on Monday to a request for an update on the search for the passenger and for details including his nationality.
A US Navy underwater construction team responded on Friday, September 28, when an Air Nuigini flight crashed into the lagoon just short of the runway at Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Air Niugini Flight 73 crash-landed into a lagoon off the Micronesian island of Chuuk last Friday morning after the pilot missed the runway.
"The airline confirms that all other passengers and crew have been accounted for", statement added.
But Air Niugini chief executive Tahawar Durrani said the man's body was found by divers in the lagoon on Monday. "Our outreach team is in touch with the man's family and we are making arrangements to repatriate his body".
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Two more of the passengers who had been in hospital have now been released, and the other four passengers are in stable condition.
James Yaingeluo via REUTERSLocal boats going out to rescue passengers and crew from an Air Niugini plane that crash-landed off Chuuk, Micronesia.
What caused the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear.
But he said a subsequent inspection of the submerged cabin by the US Navy seals, supported reports that all passengers safely evacuated the aircraft at the time of the accident. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway.
Air Niugini scheduled a special flight "to allow those passengers who wish to complete their trip to Port Moresby and onward to their final destinations".