A passenger on a plane that crashed into a Pacific lagoon on Friday said the flight attendants were panicking and he saw water pouring through a hole in the side of the plane before he was able to escape.

Local boats helped rescue all 47 passengers and crew after the plane hit the water while trying to land at the Chuuk Island airport in the Micronesia archipelago.

Seven people were taken to a hospital, according to officials, including one described as being in critical but stable condition.

Passenger Bill Jaynes said the Air Niugini plane came in very low.

“I thought we landed hard,” he said. “Until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in. And I thought, well, this is not the way it’s supposed to happen.”

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)
This photo provided by Blue Flag shows a crash-landing of an Air Niugini plane in Pacific lagoon near Chuuk Airport in Weno, Federated States of Micronesia, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing. The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island, according to the airline. (Blue Flag via AP)
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)
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. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)
This image made from video photo provided by John Karl Louie Mallari shows an Air Niugini plane floating in Pacific lagoon near Chuuk Airport in Weno, Federated States of Micronesia, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. All of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing. (John Karl Louie Mallari via AP)
This image provided by Matthew Colson shows beds at a hospital after an Air Niugini plane has crash landed in a Pacific lagoon, near Chuuk Airport in Chuuk Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.  (Matthew Colson via AP)
In this image made from video, Bill Jaynes, managing editor of the Kaselehlie Press in FSM, or Micronesia, explains his experience as a passenger on a plane that crashed in the waters off the runway on Chuuk Island, in the Federated States of Micronesia, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land. (Matthew Colson via AP)
In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Sailors from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 assist local authorities in shuttling the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight to shore following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (Lt. Zach Niezgodski/U.S. Navy via AP)
Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. All 47 passengers and crew survived a plane’s crash landing in a Pacific lagoon Friday morning, wading through waist-deep water to the emergency exits and escaping on local boats that came to the rescue in the Micronesia archipelago. (James Yaingeluo via AP)
Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (James Yaingeluo via AP)
Local fishing boats move in to recover the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight following the plane crashing into the sea on its approach to Chuuk International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (James Yaingeluo via AP)

Source: AP