2 Nov 2009

3 survive plane crash in sea near Tahiti

10:45 am on 2 November 2009

Three people survived when their small plane was forced to land in the sea between Tahiti and Moorea because of an engine problem.

The three on board the Cessna managed to escape before it sank.

Within half an hour, they were rescued, suffering from minor injuries.

Their plane stayed afloat for about a minute before it sank to an estimated depth of 1,000 metres.