Investigators from several nations and airframer have converged on the Bwabato National Park in northeastern Namibia to gather clues as to why a LAM Mozambique Airlines en route from Luanda to Maputo with 27 passengers and six crew members crashed on Nov. 29.
The crash site is approximately at the half-way point along the 1,730 nm route between Luanda and Maputo. There were no survivors.
The fly-by-wire-10-powered aircraft was delivered new from Embraer in November 2012 and had accumulated 2,905 hr. on the airframe.
According to the airline, the E-190, registration C9-EMC, had undergone an engine and airframe maintenance check the day before the accident. “This was a routine maintenance inspection carried out every 14 days or every 120 flight hours (whichever comes first),” says LAM in a press release.
LAM also released information on the captain and first officer, noting that the captain had accumulated 2,520 hr. piloting an E-190, about half of which was logged as captain. The first officer had 1,418 hr. in total, with 108 hr. in the E-190.
Local news reports stated that the cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders have been found.
LAM says 19 of the passengers were from Mozambique and Angola. The other eight were from Portugal, France, China and Brazil.