Windhoek - A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola
crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia killing all 34 people on board,
Namibian police said on Saturday.
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 national carrier said in a statement.
Namibian Police Force deputy commissioner Willy Bampton said
rescue workers had found burned-out wreckage of the aircraft in the dense bush
of Bwabwata National Park, near the borders with Angola and Botswana.
"The plane has been completely burned to ashes and
there are no survivors," Bampton said.
A Bwabwata game ranger at the scene said the plane's black
boxes, including the voice recorder, had been located and taken by
"The bodies are scattered all over the place. It's a
horrible sight," said the ranger, who identified himself only by his
Namibia's aircraft investigation unit launched a helicopter
search for the plane on Friday but called it off because of heavy rain, an
investigator said, adding the search had resumed on Saturday.
The remote, 6 100 square km park is home to wildlife
including elephants, lions and wild dogs.
Mozambican officials said the plane, an Embraer SA 190, went
missing on Friday in bad weather and poor visibility.
In a statement on its website, Mozambique Airlines listed
the nationalities of the passengers on Flight TM470 as 10 Mozambicans, nine
Angolans, five Portuguese, one French, one Brazilian and one Chinese.
The flight left the Mozambican capital of Maputo at 11:26
(09:26 GMT) on Friday and had been due to arrive in Luanda at 14:00.