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 on Saturday.
(SOURCE) Namibian Police Force Deputy Commissioner Willy Bampton told Reuters the burned out wreckage of the aircraft, which went missing on Friday, was found in the Bwabwata National Park, near the borders with Angolaand Botswana.
“The plane has been completely burnt to ashes and there are no survivors,” Bampton said.
Missing Mozambican plane likely crashed – police
A Mozambican Airlines plane that went missing with 34 people on board likely crashed over inhospitable bush in northeastern Namibia, police said early Saturday as they searched for the jet.
Namibian police sent rescuers to the Bwabwata National Park after authorities in neighbouring Botswana informed them of what appeared to be a crash in the area, Willie Bampton, a regional police coordinator in the Kavango region involved in the search, said.
“Botswana officials informed us that they saw smoke in the air and they thought the crash happened in their country, but when they came to the border they realised that it was in Namibia,” he said.
Villagers in the area told police they heard explosions, he said.
He said the LAM carrier plane, carrying 28 passengers and six crew members, did not land in the Rundu region in northern Namibia, as was initially reported.
The search for the plane, which went missing en route from Mozambique to Angola, promised to be difficult because of the harsh terrain, made all the more inaccessible by recent heavy rains, he said.