Investigating team heading to plane crash site on Tuesday

02 Dec 2013 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) – The team investigating the cause of the crash involving a Mozambique Airlines plane in northeastern Namibia on Friday, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hage Geingob on Monday.
The courtesy call on the Prime Minister was held on instruction of President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is currently not in Windhoek.
The investigating team led by Namibian air crash investigators presented a report on what they have found so far in their investigation on the crash which resulted in the deaths of 33 people.
Details on the report were not available to the media on Monday.
Investigating teams from Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and the Republic of China arrived in Namibia on Monday morning to investigate the cause of the plane crash.
An investigation team from Botswana was also expected to arrive in the country during the course of Monday.
Immediately after the meeting, Geingob told members of the media the investigating teams from all countries involved have now formed an investigation commission led by Namibia, which will investigate the cause of the crash.
Mozambique Airlines put the death toll at 33, including six crew members and 27 passengers, and listed the nationalities of the passengers on Flight TM470 as 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French, one Brazilian and one Chinese national.
The commission will leave for the accident scene on Tuesday.
The report on the accident will be handed to President Pohamba immediately after it is finalised.
Namibian Director of Aircraft Accident Investigations in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Captain Ericsson Nengola confirmed the discovery of the crucial black boxes to Nampa on Monday.
Nengola said the two black boxes have not yet been opened.
“The black boxes are opened by people from neutral countries, not by people from the countries involved in the investigation,” Nengola said.
The Mozambican Airlines plane was en route to Angola from Mozambique, but crashed in Namibian territory, killing all 33 people on board at about 13h00 on Friday.
It has been reported that the aircraft developed problems mid-air in Botswana air space, but it crashed in the Zambezi Region of Namibia.
The crashed Embraer 190 flight was manufactured in Brazil.
As per international norms, the investigation of a plane crash should not exceed 30 working days.
Meanwhile, the wreckage of the aircraft will be transported to the Rundu airport, where it will be quarantined in a hanger for a complete and detailed investigation.
(NAMPA)
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