LAM leases 737 temporarily after E-190 crash

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Mozambique's LAM has leased a Boeing 737 to operate its flight schedule following the fatal crash of an Embraer 190 on 29 November in Namibia.

Recovery teams, including experts from US-based emergency services provider Kenyon International, were at the incident site today to retrieve the personal belongings of the 27 passengers and six crew members who died in the crash.

The airline has leased a 737 from a South African charter company to avoid disruptions to its flight schedule while it looks to acquire a replacement aircraft, says LAM.

In a statement, it adds that it is too early to speculate on the cause of the incident. "As we have said before, it is crucial that the investigators are given the time and space to do their work without interference or prejudice," says the carrier. "Speculation on possible causes is unhelpful and could be seen as an attempt to unfairly influence or pre-empt the investigation."

The E-190 was operating from Maputa to Luanda when it crashed in Namibia.

LAM already operates one 737-500 and two E-190s besides the crashed aircraft, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.