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Pohnpei Reopens Airports to Flights



Asia Pacific Airlines Plane

Pohnpei, FSM (May 23, 2008) - According to Pacific Magazine, Pohnpei International Airport has been reopened to air service following removal of the disabled Asia Pacific Airlines cargo jet.

Continental Micronesia's regular Island Hopper flight from Honolulu touched down at Pohnpei Thursday afternoon, the first time in five days that a Continental flight had serviced Pohnpei, the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The APA Boeing-737 ran off the short 6,000-foot runway and came to a stop with its nose gear in the lagoon water at the end of the runway late Friday afternoon (May 16).

Airline and airport officials were not successful in moving the plane until late Wednesday that allowed the airport to reopen Thursday. Four of Continental's regular flights connected Pohnpei with Guam and Honolulu had to overfly the island.

There were not fatalities during the accident. Details on the extent of the damage to the plane were not immediately available.