Malawi VP’s airplane discovered with no survivors, president says

The wreck of a airplane carrying Malawi’s vice-president has been discovered with no survivors, President Lazarus Chakwera has stated.

Saulos Chilima and 9 others had been flying throughout the nation on Monday morning when their plane disappeared from airport radars.

The airplane, a navy plane, was flying in unhealthy climate.

Troopers had been looking out Chikangawa Forest in an effort to seek out the airplane.

In a information briefing on Tuesday, President Chakwera stated the Malawi Defence Pressure commander knowledgeable him that the search and rescue operation has been accomplished and the airplane was discovered.

Mr Chakwera stated he was “deeply saddened and sorry” to tell Malawians of the horrible tragedy.

He stated the rescue workforce discovered the plane fully destroyed.

The vice-president and president come from completely different events however the two teamed as much as type an alliance in the course of the 2020 elections.

Dr Chilima, 51, was on his strategy to symbolize the federal government on the burial of former authorities minister Ralph Kasambara, who died 4 days in the past.

Former First Woman Shanil Dzimbiri was additionally on the flight, which took off from the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning.

It was meant to land on the airport within the northern metropolis of Mzuzu, however was turned again due to poor visibility.

Dr Chilima had been vice-president of Malawi since 2014.

He was broadly liked in Malawi, significantly among the many youth, AFP information company experiences.

Nonetheless, Dr Chilima was arrested and charged in 2022 on allegations that he accepted cash in change for awarding authorities contracts.

Final month, the courtroom dropped the fees, giving no causes for the choice.

Dr Chilima is married with two kids.

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