The Namibian (Windhoek)

30 November 2013

Namibia: No Survivors in Bwabwata Plane Crash

Photo: Xinhua
The crash site of a Mozambican plane at the Bwabwata National Park in north-east Namibia.

The Namibian Police coordinator in the Kavango Region, Willie Bampton has confirmed that they have found the burnt wreckage of the missing Mazambican plane. There are no survivors.

A Mozambique Airlines plane carrying 34 people that went missing yesterday might have crashed, a senior police officer told The Namibian this morning.

Flight TM470 took off from Maputo early yesterday and was due to land in the Angolan capital, Luanda, at 13H10 GMT, but never arrived.

Kavango Regional Police Crime Coordinator Willie Bampton confirmed that they were informed by officials in Botswana that they saw smoke in the air and heard explosions yesterday afternoon. The police is now searching in the Bwabwata National Park where the plane is said to have crashed.

Bampton, who is part of the search team in the Bwabwata National Park, said the area is inaccessible and the rain that fell yesterday in the area is not making it easier for them.

"We are still searching. There are no proper roads, you have to go through the bush, slowly and its making our job difficult," he said. Bampton said the Namibian police were first informed about the incident around 15h00 by officials from Botswana who initially thought the plane crashed in their country.

Additional reporting: AFP

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