The aircraft was an Embraer 190 which was built
in October 2012, it was registered as C9-EMC and
named "Chaimite". The aircraft was reported to
have 2905 flight hours. The airframe and the
engines were last inspected the day before the
crash. The passengers were from Mozambique,
Angola, Portugal, Brazil, France and China.
The pilot of Flight TM470 has been identified as
Herminio dos Santos Fernandes.
Chairman Abreu stated the pilot's motives were
unknown. He further stated the copilot was not
in the cockpit when the plane went down. It has
been reported that the pilot logged 9,053 flight
hours, his license was renewed in 2012 and he
underwent a medical exam in September. The
copilot could be heard on the aircraft flight
recorders black box banging on the cockpit door
trying to gain entrance to the cockpit.
It was reported the aircraft was cruising at an
altitude of 38,000 feet over Botswanan airspace.
Halfway between Maputo and Luanda, Flight TM470
began a rapid descent, 100 feet per second. The
aircraft was tracked by radar down to 3,000
above sea level. Air traffic control lost radio
contact Embraer 190 over northern Namibia. The
weather at the time was reported to be heavy
rain with low visibility.