Aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice President, nine others disappear from radar

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Malawi’s government has acknowledged that an aeroplane carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others is missing.

The government announced this in a statement issued on Monday by its Secretary, Colleen Zamba. It stated that all efforts by aviation authorities to establish contact with the aircraft since it fell off the radar had failed.

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It said, “The Office of the President and Cabinet wishes to inform the general public that the Malawi Defense Force Aircraft that left Lilongie today, Monday 10 June 2024 at 09:17 Hours, carrying the Vice President, the Right Honourable Dr.

“Saulos Klaus Chilima, and nine others, failed to make its scheduled landing at Mzuzu International Airport at 10:02.

“The Commander of the Malawi Defense Force, General Valentino Phiri, has since informed His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera of the incident and the President has since cancelled his scheduled departure for the Bahamas and ordered all regional and national agencies to conduct an immediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft.

“The public will be updated on any developments on the situation as facts are established.”

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