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Navy aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice President goes lacking; search underway

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A army plane carrying Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has been reported lacking after it didn’t make a touchdown on June 10, 2024. File
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A army aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice President and 9 others went lacking on June 10 and a search was underway, the President’s workplace stated.

The aircraft carrying 51-year-old Vice President Saulos Chilima left the capital, Lilongwe, however didn’t make its scheduled touchdown at Mzuzu International Airport about 370 kilometres (230 miles) to the north round 45 minutes later.

Aviation authorities misplaced contact with the aircraft when it “went off radar”, the assertion from Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera’s workplace stated. Mr. Chakwera ordered a search operation and cancelled a visit to the Bahamas, his workplace stated.

“All efforts to make contact with the aircraft since it went off radar have failed thus far,” the assertion stated.

Mr. Chakwera was knowledgeable of the lacking aircraft by Gen. Valentino Phiri, the pinnacle of the Malawian armed forces. The President had ordered nationwide and native authorities to “conduct an immediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft,” his workplace stated.

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