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Mozambique plane crashes in Namibia, no survivors: police

English.news.cn   2013-11-30 20:06:57            

WINDHOEK, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The missing plane of Mozambique Airlines is confirmed to have crashed in northeast Namibia and all passengers on board were killed, local police said on Saturday.

The airline said the Brazilian-made Embraer 190 did not land as scheduled at 1310 GMT in the Angolan capital Luanda, after it took off from Maputo at 0926 GMT.

The airline said earlier that there were 28 passengers and 6 crew. According to information provided by the firm to Chinese Embassy in Mozambique, one Chinese national was on board along with 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French and one Brazilian.

Chief Executive office of the airline Marlene Mendes Manave told a press conference in Maputo that the aircraft last contacted the ground aviation tower in Namibia at 1:15 p.m. Friday before it went missing.

A Namibian journalist told Xinhua that the passenger aircraft crashed in Bwabwata national park in Zambezi region of northeastern Namibia between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time on Friday and no survivor could be seen.

Local media said the plane burned to ashes.

The airline, of which the state has a controlling state, 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 Europe airspace out of safety concerns despite its clean safety record before Friday's crash.

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