Cockpit Footage Shows a Boeing 737 Crash Into a Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia

Cockpit footage shows the moments before a Boeing 737 crashes into a lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Donna Fuscaldo

Footage from inside the cockpit of a Boeing 737 that crashed in a lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia killing one person, shows the plane as it heads to the ground and the moment of impact.


The video which was taken by an engineer on the plane’s jump seat with a mobile phone, shows the pilots working the controls in the cockpit before the warning system, kicks in alerting them they are close to the ground. The pilot is heard saying “We’re too low!.” The video and a description of the crash were part of a final report into the plane crash. 

One Passenger Dies in Air Niugini Crash

The Boeing 737 was owned by Air Niugini, the national airline in the country. It was flying from Pohnpei to Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. Thirty-four passengers and 12 crew members were rescued from the lagoon. One passenger died and six were seriously injured in the crash. The report noted the deceased passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt and died due to a blunt force trauma. The report blamed the pilots for the crash. 

“The investigation determined that the co-pilot was unaware of the quickly developing unsafe situation; tracking for the water. However, there were sufficient indications of the unsafe situation that were disregarded, which as the co-pilot, or the pilot monitoring, should have been verified and confirmed. The CVR showed that he did not question or suggest any of the actions or inactions of the pilot flying,” the report stated. “Due to his lack of situational awareness and vigilance, he was unable to recognise the need to correct the ever-increasing dangerous rate of descent below the glideslope.”

Crash Conjured Up Memories of 'Miracle on the Hudson'

The crash, which happened in late September of last year was reminiscent of the crash landing of a U.S. Airways plane in the Hudson River in New York City in 2009. It is known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" because all the passengers and crew on the plane survived the harrowing crash landing. 

The final report on the Boeing 737 comes as the plan is expected to be grounded for the rest of the year amid inquiries into fatal crashes with the company's best selling jet. Late last month investigators expanded their inquiry into the 787 to determine what caused the crashes and whether or not Boeing cut corners on other planes it developed. According to the media, there have been allegations of misconduct at the 787 Dreamliner at a Boeing plant in North Charleston. 

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