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Emergencies: Plane carrying Vice President of Malawi missing

Emergencies: Plane carrying Vice President of Malawi missing

A plane with ten people on board, including Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima, disappears from radar. A major search and rescue operation is now underway.

The plane of Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima is missing. A search and rescue operation is underway, according to a statement from the presidential office. The Malawian armed forces plane with Chilima and nine other people on board took off on a domestic flight in the morning, but then disappeared from radar. President Lazarus Chakwera then suspended a planned trip abroad.

Late in the evening, Chakwera said in a televised address that the plane had been unable to land at its destination due to poor visibility. The aviation authority had suggested that the pilot return to Lilongwe due to the bad weather conditions, but lost contact shortly afterwards. Chakwera contradicted reports that the search for the plane had been called off in the evening: “I have given strict instructions that the search will continue until the plane is found.”

Chakwera said he was worried but held on to hope that survivors would be found. He was in contact with neighboring countries and development partners such as the governments of the United States, Great Britain, Norway and Israel, who had offered help, including technical means to locate the plane more quickly. According to Malawian media reports, villagers near a forest area had seen a plane at low altitude and notified the authorities.

Source: Stern

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