Plane Transporting the Vice President of MalawiDisappears

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The aircraft carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima, 51, left the capital, Lilongwe, at 9:00 am ( local time), but did not land at the Mzuzu International Airport, the flight’s destination, some 370 kilometres north.

On Monday, an airfield carrying the vice-president and other officials from Malawi was reported missing. As reported by the country’s presidential office, search efforts are still being carried out, but without success.

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The aircraft carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima, 51, left the capital, Lilongwe, at 9:00 am ( local time), but did not land at the Mzuzu International Airport, the flight’s destination, some 370 kilometres north.

Aviation authorities lost contact with the plane when it “went off the radar,” according to the statement from the office of Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera.

“All efforts to establish contact with the plane since it went off the radar have failed until now,” the presidential office said in a statement.

A military plane carrying Malawi’s vice president and nine others has gone missing. The president’s office says the plane disappeared from radar and that a search is underway. pic.twitter.com/akm0tO25tN

— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) June 10, 2024

The president ordered the national and local authorities to “conduct an immediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft”.

As color data, it should be noted 2022, Dr Chilima was arrested and charged on allegations that he accepted money in exchange for awarding government contracts .

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