Malawi: Flight crash with Vice President Chilima on board confirmed, no survivors
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Malawi: Flight crash with Vice President Chilima on board confirmed, no survivors

Everyone who was on the plane carrying the Vice President of Malawi Saulos Klaus Chilima died following the plane crash. The country’s president said, Lazare Chakwera, in a speech to the nation delivered today on live television. The wreckage of the military plane carrying the vice president and 9 others was located in a mountainous area in the north of the country. There were no survivors from the crash, the president said, saying air traffic controllers had asked the pilots to return to Lilongwe due to poor visibility. Air traffic control then lost contact and the flight disappeared from radar, he said.

Earlier, Malawi Defense Force Commander Paul Valentino Phiri said the plane may have crashed in the Chikangawa forest in the north of the country but was yet to be found . Search and rescue operations were hampered by dense forest and fog affecting ground visibility. A Malawi Defense Force plane failed to land as planned and efforts by aviation authorities to establish contact with the plane have so far failed.

The plane, carrying nine other people in addition to Chilima, took off yesterday morning from the capital Lilongwe and was expected to land at Mzuzu International Airport in the north of the country. “All efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the aircraft since it disappeared from radar have so far failed. Consequently, the Commander of the Malawi Defense Force, General Valentino Phiri, informed (President) Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera of the incident and the President canceled his planned departure to the Bahamas and ordered all regional agencies and national authorities to conduct an immediate investigation into the search and rescue operation. to locate the location of the plane. The public will be informed of any developments in the situation as the facts are established,” the Lilongwe presidential office said in a statement yesterday.

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