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The pilots that flew an Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 into a lagoon on final approach to Micronesia’s Chuuk International Airport (TKK) did not follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) or respond to numerous terrain-warning alerts, a final report on the September 2018 fatal accident found.
With 11 fatal accidents causing 523 fatalities, 2018 saw an increase in the rate of fatal airline accidents, after four years of steady decline, according to Gerardo Hueto, assistant director of safety and flight operations in the Pacific for IATA.