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LAM E190 loses altitude until impact with terrain

LAM Embraer 190
(PHOTO) Airliners.net | Sean Mowatt
A LAM Embraer ERJ-190, with registration C9-EMC, performing flight TM470 from Maputo to Luanda with 28 passengers and 6 crews, was enroute over northern Botswana when the aircraft suddenly began to descend at about 5000ft/min until radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at about 11:30Z, on the 29th November.

The aircraft did not arrive at Luanda, and there were no reports of an unscheduled landing anywhere in the region along the flight track. The aircraft was found crashed and burnt down on Namibia's territory in the Bwabwata National Park east of Rundu the following morning with no survivors found.

An international commission led by Namibia is going to investigate the crash, with Brazil (state of manufacturer) and Mozambique (state of operator) participating in the investigation. A preliminary report is anticipated within 30 days according to ICAO rules. Mozambique's government had established a second commission to examine the Civil Aviation Authority of Mozambique and the airline LAM.

The airline operates 3 Embraer ERJ-190s, 2 Embraer ERJ-145s and 1 Boeing 737-500. The subsidiary Mocambique Express operates 3 Embraer EMB-120 and 3 de Havilland Dash 8-400s. 

(NEWS) World of Aviation
(PHOTO) Airliners.net | Sean Mowatt

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