Air Niugini Flight 73, a Boeing 737-8BK with 12 crew and 36 passengers, descended into Chuuk Lagoon, skipped across the water like a skimmed stone, then sank in shallow water 1,500 ft. short of Chuuk International Airport’s Runway 4 threshold. The crew was executing an RNAV (GPS) approach to the Western Pacific island airport, and descended below the MDA in heavy rain, while ignoring 17 EGPWS alerts — specifically eight “SINK RATE” and nine ...

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