Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Asia Pacific Air (APA) Incident

Palikir, POHNPEI (Transportation Communication & Infrastructure/FSM Information Service): May 20, 2008 - On May 16, 2008, at about 4:47 P.M., APA Flight, call sign MGE-319, a Boeing 727-200 series originated from Guam, with five crew members on board and said to have 8,000 pounds of cargo and 37,000 pounds of Jet-A fuel on board landed into Pohnpei International Airport Runway 9, at which time MGE-319 traveled all the way into the water at Runway 27, nose first.

Pohnpei Port Authority Rescue Personnel immediately notify the Supplemental Aviation Weather Reporting Station (SAWRS), and proceeded to Runway 27, which was the Aircraft's resting point. Upon arrival at the incident site on Runway 27, PPA Rescue Personnel noticed that the aircraft was indeed nose down into the water. The engines had been turned off and no fire or smoke was visible on the exterior of the aircraft.

After determining that the site is safe, the PPA Rescue Personnel then, approached the aircraft to do an interior inspection, which revealed that there was no fire in the interior and no injuries to the crew members on board.

Following the inspection process, the Acting Airport Manager was informed of the incident and immediately activated the Emergency Operation Center.

Decision on how to remove or salvage the aircraft from the resting site which is right in the safety zone has been delayed until further notice.

Until then, the Pohnpei International Airport is declared closed by the Secretary of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia. Any inquiries may be directed to Emergency Operation Center at Dekehtik Island, Pohnpei State, at telephone no. 320-8562.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356