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Published on : Saturday, November 30, 2013
Namibian Deputy Police Commissioner, Bollen Sankwasa said, a Mozambique Airlines plane crashed in a Namibian national park, near the border with Angola, killing all on board. The airline said that the plane was carrying 27 passengers and crewmembers.
Police official Willy Bampton, said a Namibian police helicopter joined officers on the ground in the search. The area is vast and there are no roads, making it difficult to locate the plane. The search was conducted in the Bwabwata National Park in northeastern Namibia.
Flight TM470 from Maputo, the Mozambican capital, did not land as scheduled in Luanda, the Angolan capital, on Friday afternoon, and the airline initially said the plane might have landed in Rundu, in northern Namibia. It said it coordinated with aviation authorities in Namibia, Botswana, and Angola to locate the missing plane.
Airlines from Mozambique are among carriers banned in the European Union because of safety concerns. Mozambique Airlines uses Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.
Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, Tony Tyler, said earlier this week that none of the 25 African members of the association, which include Mozambique Airlines, had an accident in 2012.