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Plane Carrying Malawian Vice President Goes Missing

A plane carrying Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has gone missing, a statement from the president’s office said.

The Malawi Defense Force aircraft “went off the radar” after it left the nation’s capital, Lilongwe, on Monday, it added.

According to reports, Chilima was en route to Mzuzu, where he was supposed to travel on to Nkhata Bay for the burial of the late Ralph Kasambala.

Principal Secretary of Vice President’s office, Lucky Sikwese has just confirmed that the plane carrying VP Chilima has not landed at any of the country’s airports as expected after failing to land in Mzuzu due to bad weather and authorities are searching for the plane.

There were nine other people onboard.

Efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the aircraft since it went off the radar have failed.

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Malawian Vice President Chilima’s plane crash lands in SA

in 2019, a Malawian Airline plane carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima landed with difficulties at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa, but no casualties were reported.

Chilima was on his way to the United States of America on a private visit and left Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe via Chileka Airport Monday morning.

An eye witness at OR Tambo said the tyres of the plane were failing to come out during landing and the Captain crashlanded it.

“There has been no death reported but the plane had some technical fault during landing but no accident , ” an eyewitness at OR Tambo said at the time.

Chilima was travelling with his security aides on the trip.


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