‘We’re too low' - Terrifying cockpit footage captures moment Boeing 737 plunges into sea

After an investigation into the crash of the Boeing 737-800 last year September, footage has been released of the harrowing moment just before the aircraft plunges into the sea. One male passenger died as a result of the crash with a further nine injured, as 34 passengers managed to scramble to safety on a nearby island. The investigation in Papua New Guinea has found the pilots ignored numerous “pull up” warning signs and lights as the plane was due to land.

The video highlights the multiple distress signals the plane alerts the pilots to before the co-pilot yells that the plane is too low before jet crashes and the video cuts out.

The report insisted that the pilots had regularly ignored warnings from the aircraft on previous flights landing at the airport however a storm on the day of the plane crash meant that they could not see the runway resulting in the disaster.

Despite much of the blame being aimed at the two pilots, neither the Papua New Guinean captain nor the Australian co-pilot was named in the report.

The report said: “The crew were fixated on the task of landing the aircraft and did not notice the visual pull up caution alert at the bottom of their PFD.

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“Therefore, the crew did not take any positive action to arrest the high rate of descent and avoid landing in the lagoon.

“In Fact, neither of the pilots were aware of the rapidly unfolding unsafe situation.

“The investigation found that the crew had received similar aural alerts on previous approaches in visual conditions where the aircraft was safely landed.

“This would have contributed to the perception that the alerts during the accident approach were nuisance alerts and therefore disregarded them.”

Airline Air Niugini agreed to a number of changes following the incident including increased training and tighter restrictions on landing requirements.

The Boeing 737-800 is not to be confused with the notorious Boeing 737 MAX 8 which has been grounded around the world over safety fears.

The 737-800 is the third generation of the Boeing series, while the MAX 8 is the latest and fourth generation and presents different technologies.

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