No mechanical fault found in Moz plane crash
17 December 2013, 08:05
Windhoek - The probe into the crash of a Mozambican
airliner in Namibia last month that killed all 33 people on board has found
that there was no apparent mechanical problem, investigator said on Monday.
"There was no mechanical malfunction detected so
far," according to information decoded from the black boxes, director of
aircraft accident investigations in Namibia, Captain Ericksson Nengola, told
But three weeks on from one of the worst air accidents in
Namibia, forensic experts have identified only seven of the 33 victims.
"We have established seven identifications using
dental and fingerprint comparisons thus far," police official Major General
James Tjivikua said.
"We regret that there are not more at this
time," he said in a statement.
The plane, en route from Mozambique to Angola, went down
in torrential rains on 27 November in the deserted swampy terrain of the
Bwabwata national park, where Namibia turns into a narrow strip of land
sandwiched between Botswana and Angola.
The victims were from Mozambique, Angola, Portugal,
Brazil, France and China.
Police blame the delay in identifying the victims on the
volume of body parts needed to be examined. By the middle of last week they had
carried out tests on more than 600 parts.
Tjivikua said police hoped to complete the
identifications by the third week of January.
"This is a protracted process," he said, given
the complexity of the analyses and the large volume of samples involved.
Investigators looking into the disaster will now carry
out a physical inspection of the crash site, Ericksson said.
The Brazilian-manufactured Embraer 190 aircraft was the
newest plane in the Mozambican Airlines fleet.
It was one of the worst air accidents on record in
Namibia and in Mozambique's civil aviation history.
The team of investigators includes experts from Botswana,
Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, China, the US and Namibia.