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Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima killed with nine others in plane crash

In a televised speech, he declared, "The plane has been found and I am deeply saddened and sorry to inform you all, it has turned out to be a terrible tragedy."

Written by  Annesha Barua -- June 11th 2024 05:26 PM -- Updated: June 11th 2024 05:50 PM
Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima killed with nine others in plane crash

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima killed with nine others in plane crash

PTC News Desk: Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine other passengers were on board the jet when it crashed into a forest on Tuesday, according to Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera.

In a televised speech, he declared, "The plane has been found and I am deeply saddened and sorry to inform you all, it has turned out to be a terrible tragedy."


Due to poor weather, the military aircraft carrying Chilima, 51, and nine other people was unable to land in the northern city of Mzuzu and was instructed to return to the capital, Lilongwe. The jet vanished on Monday.


On Tuesday, operations were concentrated on a forest to the south of Mzuzu. 

A representative for President Lazarus Chakwera's administration, Moses Kunkuyu, said during a press conference, "We are concentrating our efforts on that area because when the plane went missing, we managed to locate the last tower at which the phones had transmitted." 

General Paul Valentino Phiri, the head of the army, stated that other nations, notably Malawi's neighbors, were supporting the effort with drones and helicopters.

Using a C-12 military aircraft, among other things, the US Embassy in Lilongwe claimed it was collaborating with the government to "offer all available assistance".

However, video released by search team members indicated that Tuesday's severe weather remained, making visibility difficult due to fog.  "We join President Chakwera in his prayers for the well-being of all those on board," said the US Embassy.

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- With inputs from agencies

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