Embraer crash in Namibia reawakens safety issue questions
On 29 November 2013, only a few days after the International Air Transport Association (Iata) asserted that "in 2012 there was not a single Western-built jet hull loss by any of Iata's 25 African member airlines", LAM Mozambique Airlines lost an Embraer 190. The aircraft that departed from Maputo and was on its way to the Angolan capital Luanda, crashed in the Bwabwata National Park (Namibia), killing all 33 people on board.
The Southeast African carrier took delivery of the brand new Brazilian aircraft in November 2012. The aircraft and engines (General Electric CF34-10 turbofan) underwent their last prescribed check on the day before the accident happened. This was a routine maintenance inspection carried out every 14 days or every 120 flight hours. The aircraft, with the Mozambique registration C9-EMC, and both engines had logged 2,905 flights hours in 1,877 flights.
Namibia, as the country where the accident occurred, will lead the investigation. Civil aviation authorities from Mozambique, Angola, Brazil and the US national transportation safety board will also participate in the investigation.