Aircraft Carrying Malawi Vice President Missing: Search and Rescue Underway

by Louisa Afful
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An aircraft transporting Malawi’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima, along with nine other passengers, has mysteriously vanished, as confirmed by an urgent statement from the president’s office. The Malawi Defence Force aircraft went off the radar after leaving the nation’s capital, Lilongwe, on Monday, 10 June 2024. It was supposed to land at Mzuzu International Airport in the north of the country just after 10:00 local time (11:00 BST). The incident occurred when the aircraft left Lilongwe at 09:17 local time and was expected to land at Mzuzu International Airport at 10:02. However, aviation officials lost contact with the aircraft shortly after its departure. All attempts to reach the aircraft have been unsuccessful.

Upon being informed of the situation, President Lazarus Chakwera cancelled his scheduled flight to the Bahamas. He ordered a search and rescue operation involving all regional and national agencies to locate the missing aircraft. The Commander of the Malawi Defence Force, General Valentino Phiri, is overseeing the efforts.

The President’s Office has assured the public that updates will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Colleen Zamba, Secretary to the President and Cabinet, released the official statement from Capital Hill in Lilongwe, confirming the details of the incident and the ongoing efforts to find the missing aircraft and its passengers.

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