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Deaths reported in air crash near Namibian-Angolan border

By John Grobler, CNN
November 30, 2013 -- Updated 1258 GMT (2058 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The flight was en route to Angola from Mozambique
  • The plane went down in a remote area
  • The flight had been reported "missing"

Windhoek, Namibia (CNN) -- A Mozambique Airlines flight crashed in northeastern Namibia, killing all on board, a government official told CNN on Saturday.

The accident occurred Friday in Bwabwata game park, said Tobias Günzel, acting director of Namibia's Civil Aviation Department. The location is a remote region near the Angolan border,

Günzel said the plane started losing altitude at 38,000 feet and went down swiftly.

"We could see it on our radar, and we could see it was descending very quickly, at a rate of about 100 feet per second," Günzel said. "We lost it from our screens at 3,000 feet above sea level."

The airline has not confirmed the crash, but the company released a statement earlier confirming 28 passengers and six crew members were on Flight TM 470 and that it was "missing."

The flight was en route from Maputo, Mozambique, to Angola. Namibia's aviation authorities have dispatched a police helicopter to the area, Günzel said.

"We now have to wait and see if the black box can be recovered," Günzel said.

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