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Malawi Vice President Chilima dies in horrid plane crash!

Malawi Vice President, Saulos Chilima has been confirmed dead in a plane crash after being missing for nearly 24 hours.

Chilima together with nine other officials reportedly perished when the aircraft they were travelling in crashed in a Northern cluster of forests.

The army plane carrying the VP and his delegation was reported missing from the morning of Monday, June 11 until the plane’s debris remains were discovered early Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the government of Malawi has confirmed that Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others have indeed been killed after the aircraft they were travelling on, crashed near a hill in a forest.

In a statement released by Colleen Zamba, Secretary to the President, the search and rescue operation for the Malawi Defence Force aircraft that went missing on Monday, June 10, 2024, has ended in tragedy.

The military aircraft MAF TO3 carrying the Vice President, the Right Honourable Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, and nine others, was found this morning in the Chikangawa forest. All on board have tragically lost their lives in the crash.

Soldiers and search teams in Malawi have been combing through a mountainous region in the Northern parts of Malawi for over 24 hours until they came across the charred remains of the ill-fated plane.

Previously the Malawian President, Lazarus Chakwera had issued a press statement saying the country’s Defense Force aircraft carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others had gone missing after their flight from Lilongwe Airport heading to the city of Mzuzu, in Northern Malawi.

Reports say the aircraft had departed at about 9:17 a.m. from Kamuzu International Airport and was headed for Mzuzu International Airport when aviation authorities warned the aircraft to turn around because of poor visibility.

However the aviation personalities soon lost contact with the plane.

It was later revealed again that the Malawi military aircraft was “was unable to land due to poor visibility caused by spells of bad weather.


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