Mozambican airplane disappears in Namibia

30 Nov 2013 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) - A Mozambican airplane bound for Angola went missing on Friday afternoon in the Kavango East Region.
The Mozambican Airlines plane was carrying 28 passengers and six crew members.
Namibian Police Force Deputy Commissioner Willy Bampton told Nampa on Saturday that the several Namibian police officers are hard at work trying to locate the missing airplane in the Bwabwata National Park in the Kavango East Region.
“We are trying to locate the plane, but so far we found nothing. The area is vast, and there are no roads and the park is bushy. So, it is very difficult to locate the scene,” said Bampton.
He indicated that a Namibian Police helicopter has also been dispatched to search the area from the air, as ground searching has become difficult.
According to the News24 website on Friday, Flight M470 took off from Maputo at 09h26 and had been due to land in the Angolan capital Luanda at 13h10, but never arrived.
The airline was quoted in a statement as saying that initial information suggests it might have landed in Rundu, in northern Namibia near the border with Botswana and Angola.