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Malawi’s Vice President, 9 others killed in airplane crash

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Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima. File
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Malawi’s vice chairman and 9 others have been killed in a airplane crash, the nation’s president mentioned on June 11.

The wreckage of the navy airplane carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima was positioned in a mountainous space within the north of the nation after a search that lasted greater than a day. There have been no survivors of the crash, Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera mentioned in a reside tackle on state tv.

Hundreds of troopers, cops and forest rangers had been trying to find the airplane that additionally carried a former first woman after it went lacking Monday morning whereas making the 45-minute flight from the southern African nation’s capital, Lilongwe, to town of Mzuzu, round 370 kilometers (230 miles) to the north.

Air site visitors controllers instructed the airplane to not try a touchdown at Mzuzu’s airport due to unhealthy climate and poor visibility and requested it to show again to Lilongwe, Chakwera mentioned. Air site visitors management then misplaced contact with the plane and it disappeared from radar, he mentioned.

Seven passengers and three navy crew members have been on board. The president described the plane as a small, propeller pushed airplane operated by the Malawian armed forces. The tail quantity he offered exhibits it’s a Dornier 228-type twin propeller airplane that was delivered to the Malawian military in 1988, in line with the ch-aviation web site that tracks plane data.

Around 600 personnel have been concerned within the search in an unlimited forest plantation within the Viphya Mountains close to Mzuzu, authorities mentioned.

Chilima was serving his second time period as vice chairman. He was additionally within the function from 2014-2019 beneath former President Peter Mutharika. He was a candidate within the 2019 Malawian presidential election and completed third, behind the incumbent, Mutharika, and Chakwera. The vote was later annulled by Malawi’s Constitutional Court due to irregularities.

Chilima then joined Chakwera’s marketing campaign as his working mate in an historic election rerun in 2020, when Chakwera was elected president. It was the primary time in Africa that an election end result that was overturned by a courtroom resulted in a defeat for the sitting president.

Chilima had beforehand been going through corruption fees over allegations that he acquired cash in return for influencing the awarding of presidency procurement contracts for the Malawi armed forces and the police, however prosecutors dropped the costs final month. He had denied the allegations, however the case led to criticism that Chakwera’s administration was not taking a tough sufficient stance towards graft.

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