34 killed as Mozambique Airlines plane crashes in Namibia

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Mozambique-Airlines-plane-crashes-in-NamibiaWINDHOEK, Nov 30 – A Mozambique Airlines plane crashed in Namibia killing all 34 people on board, Namibian police said Saturday.

The airline said the Brazilian-made Embraer 190 did not land as scheduled in the Angolan capital Luanda after it took off from Maputo, reports Xinhua.

The airline said that there were 28 passengers and six crew members on board. According to information received by the Chinese embassy in Mozambique among the passengers was one Chinese national along with 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French and one Brazilian.

Chief executive officer of the airline Marlene Mendes Manave told newspersons in Maputo that the aircraft last contacted the ground aviation tower in Namibia Friday noon before it went missing.

A Namibian journalist said that the passenger aircraft crashed in Bwabwata national park in Zambezi region of Namibia and no survivor could be found.

Media reports said the plane burst into flames.

The airline has a small fleet composed of mainly Brazilian-made aircraft. The crashed Embraer 190 aircraft can accommodate up to 93 passengers.

The Mozambique Airlines operates international routes to South Africa, Tanzania, Angola, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The European Union has banned the airline from flying into European airspace out of safety concerns despite its clean safety record before Friday’s crash. IANS

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