On October 17, 2020, Governor Oliver was updated by the Director of the Department of Public Safety, Mr. Patrick Carl, on a plane crash that occurred on Mwoakilloa Atoll. Director Carl advised Governor Oliver that on Friday, October 16, 2020, Caroline Islands Air (CIA) Islander aircraft skidded off the runway during landing into the ocean. Damages on the aircraft have not been specified. The aircraft had 2 pilots with no passengers on board during the flight. No injuries were reported.
According to FSM’s Department of Transportation, Communication, and Infrastructure via CIA headquarters, high tide waves spilling onto the runway may have been a factor. No confirmed cause of the crash has been determined yet.