All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of a plane Friday morning in a Pacific lagoon.

The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia, according to the airline.

This Oct. 29, 2017, photo shows the Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia. An Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018 while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of the plane in a Pacific lagoon. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

Striking footage from the scene shows people being rescued in boats from the half-submerged plane, in images reminiscent of the 2009 crash-landing in New York City known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

This Oct. 28, 2017, photo shows the runway at the Chuuk Airport in Weno, Federated States of Micronesia. An Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018 while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of the plane in a Pacific lagoon. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

The airline said in a brief statement everybody aboard the Boeing 737 plane was able to safely evacuate, and the airline was making all efforts to ensure the ongoing safety of the passengers and meet their immediate needs.

This Oct. 28, 2017, photo shows the runway at the Chuuk Airport in Weno, Federated States of Micronesia. An Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018 while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of the plane in a Pacific lagoon. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

The airline did not immediately say how many people were aboard the plane, where it was traveling from, or what caused the crash. Local news reports indicated between 40 and 50 people were aboard.

This Oct. 28, 2017, photo shows a plane on the runway at the Chuuk Airport in Weno, Federated States of Micronesia. An Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018 while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of a plane in a Pacific lagoon. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has been in operation since 1973. The fleet includes Boeing 767 and 737 jets for international routes, according to the airline, as well as Fokker F-100 aircraft, Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft for challenging local terrain.

This Oct. 28, 2017, photo shows the right wing and winglet of a United Airlines 737-800ER airplane descending through a layer of clouds over the Chuuk Lagoon en route to Chuuk Airport in Weno, Federated States of Micronesia. An Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018 while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

Micronesia, located north of Australia and east of the Philippines, is home to just over 100,000 people. It has close ties with the U.S. under an agreement known as a compact of free association.

In 2009, both engines on a US Airways jet failed after striking a flock of geese during takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed their powerless plane on the Hudson River.

Source: The Associated Press

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