01 Dec 2013 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) - The first batch of remains belonging to the 34 people who perished in an airplane crash in northern Namibia on Friday, arrived at the Eros Airport from Rundu on Sunday morning.
The military airplane carrying the dismembered remains touched down here at around 11h20, and was met by members of the Namibian Police Forces Special Field Force, representatives from the Embassy of Portugal, as well as Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Commissioner Ben Shikongo.
The Namibian Defence Force plane can only carry 15 passengers at a time.
The same plane will fly to Grootfontein on Sunday to pick up the rest of the corpses, which have been transported there by police car to lessen the travel distance of the plane.
Shikongo informed the media shortly after the arrival of the corpses that the remains will be kept at the Police Mortuary, where they will be processed for identification.
Unofficial preliminary reports have it that the victims were citizens of Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Brazil and France.
Their bodies were burnt beyond recognition in the crash.
The remains were initially scheduled to be airlifted to Windhoek on Saturday evening, but the trip was delayed due to bad weather conditions.
The Mozambican airplane, Flight TM470, took off from Maputo at 09h26 and was due to land in the Angolan capital city of Luanda at 13h10 GMT, but it never arrived.
The airplane was reported to have gone missing while en route from Mozambique to Angola on Friday.
Details surrounding the cause of the accident remain sketchy at this stage, and investigations into the incident are underway.