December 01, 2013
Recovery teams from LAM Mozambique Airlines and disaster management firm Kenyon International have arrived in Namibia, headed for the crash site of a LAM Mozambique Embraer 190.
The aircraft, which was carrying 29 passengers and six crew, crashed in northern Namibia killing all on board. C9-EMC was operating as TM470 from Maputo to Luanda when it was reported missing Nov. 29. The wreckage was located on Nov. 30.
“This morning, recovery teams from LAM and Kenyon International arrived in Namibia and are making their way to the accident site,” said LAM Mozambique in an update issued at 3 p.m. local time Dec. 1. “The Namibian and our recovery teams have begun to search for and recover the victims’ remains and their personal effects.”
LAM also confirmed the nationalities of those on board. The 27 passengers comprised 10 Mozambique citizens, nine from Angola, five from Portugal, plus individuals from France, China and Brazil. The investigation will be led by the Namibian authorities, with assistance from Angola, Brazil, Mozambique and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Embraer has also sent technicians to assist with the investigation.
The aircraft’s captain, first officer, three cabin crew and a technician died in the accident. The captain had accumulated 9,053 flying hours, including 1,395 in command and 2,520 on the Embraer 190. He received his command on April 12, 2012. The first officer had logged 1,418 flight hours, including 108 on the Embraer 190.
LAM said the aircraft and engines underwent routine maintenance Nov. 28.