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Divers Search For ‘Black Box’ From Chuuk Plane Crash

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)

SourceUS Navy
John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.