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Airliner crashes in Namibia, killing all 34 people on board

Reuters, WINDHOEK

A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia, killing all 34 people on board, a Namibian police official said yesterday.

Namibian Police Force Deputy Commissioner Willy Bampton said the burned out wreckage of the aircraft, which went missing on Friday, was found in the Bwabwata National Park, near the borders with Angola and Botswana.

“The plane has been completely burnt to ashes and there are no survivors,” Bampton said.

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 airline said in a statement.

An investigator at Namibia’s aircraft investigation unit said the search started on Friday, but was called off due to bad weather. The remote area is home to wildlife including elephants and lions.

Mozambican media quoted officials as saying the plane was an Embraer SA 190. Heavy rain had been reported in the region when contact was lost.

Xinhua news agency said one Chinese national was on the plane, citing the Chinese embassy in Mozambique.

Also among the passengers killed were 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French and one Brazilian, Xinhua reported, citing the airline.

The flight left the Mozambican capital of Maputo at 11:26am on Friday and had been due to arrive in Luanda at 2pm.

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