A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia killing all 34 people on board, Namibian police said on Saturday.
Flight TM 470 left Maputo on Friday for the Angolan capital of Luanda with 28 passengers and six crew members on board when it lost contact with air traffic controllers, the national carrier said in a statement.
Namibian Police Force Deputy Commissioner Willy Bampton said rescue workers had found burned-out wreckage of the aircraft in the dense bush of Bwabwata National Park, near the borders with Angola and Botswana.
“The plane has been completely burned to ashes and there are no survivors,” Bampton said.
A Mozambique Airlines airplane carrying 28 passengers and six crew members went missing en route from Mozambique to Angola, the airline said.
Flight TM470 took off from Maputo at 0926 GMT on Friday and had been due to land in the Angolan capital Luanda at 1310 GMT, but never arrived, the airline said in a statement.
“Initial information suggests it might have landed in Rundu, in northern Namibia near the border with Botswana and Angola.
“LAM airlines, aeronautical and airport authorities are trying to establish contact to confirm the information,” it added.
Company spokesman Norberto Mucopa could not confirm the nationalities of the people on board the Brazilian-made Embraer 190 or if they included government officials.
“The last contact was in the north of Namibia,” he told AFP.
LAM CEO Marlene Manave told journalists the last contact with the aircraft had been at 1130 GMT.
Heavy rain in the area where it disappeared complicated the search, she said, according to Canalmoz newspaper.
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