Divers are searching for the cockpit flight recorder from an Air Nuigini 737 passenger jet that crashed in a lagoon just short of the international airport in Micronesia late last week.
U.S. Navy sailors were working on improving a wharf near Chuuk in Micronesia on September 28th when the jet crashed into the lagoon.
Only one passenger died among the 40-plus people that were aboard the plane. The rest were successfully rescued by the U.S. Navy sailors and local fishermen before the aircraft sank in about 100 feet/30 meters of water.
The sailors were assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, which is in the region helping to inspect existing navigational aids; exploring the port for future deep-water mooring locations; and placing environmental offsets at popular scuba diving sites which will protect the coral reef from damage due to boat anchors, according to the U.S. Navy.
(Photo credit: U.S. Navy/Lt. Zach Niezgodski)