Officials in Mozambique say a plane carrying 34 people has gone missing while traveling from Mozambique to Angola.
The Mozambique Airlines flight was due to land in the Angolan capital, Luanda, on Friday afternoon, but never arrived.
The airline says that initial information indicates the plane might have landed in northern Namibia near the border with Botswana and Angola.
Airline officials have not been able to get in touch with the crew. They did not say why they believe the plane might have been diverted.
A police official told the French News Agency that officers are searching for the plane in the region where air traffic controllers lost the plane’s signal.
Mozambique plane missing with 34 on board
The flight was meant to land in Luanda in the early afternoon
A Mozambique Airlines (LAM) plane with 28 passengers and 6 crew on board has gone missing on a flight to Angola, say airline officials.
Flight TM470 left Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, at 11:26 local time (09:26 GMT) and was due to arrive in the Angolan capital, Luanda, at 14:10.
The last contact made with the plane was when it was over northern Namibia.
The airline said there were signs it might have landed near Rundo, northern Namibia, bordering Angola and Botswana.
“LAM airlines, aeronautical and airport authorities are trying to establish contact to confirm the information,” said the airline.
Spokesman Norberto Mucopa told the AFP news agency he could not confirm the nationalities of those on board.
Olavi Auanga, police commander of Namibia’s Kavango West region – where the plane was last heard from – told AFP patrols were searching the area.
The agency says the region is sparsely populated and covered with wetlands and dense forests.