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Tragic Plane Crash Claims Lives of Malawi’s Vice President and Others

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine other people, including his wife, were killed as the plane they were onboard crashed in the Chikangawa mountain range, said President Lazarus Chakwera. The aircraft carrying Chilima, who was being seen as the presidential candidate in next year’s general elections in Malawi, went missing on Monday.

Flight Details and Search Operations

The plane was scheduled to land in the Mzuzu airport at 10:02 a.m. However, the plane was unable to land due to bad weather and poor visibility. It was ordered to return to Lilongwe but went off the radar, and aviation authorities could not make contact with it.

After the flight went missing on Monday, many countries, including the United States, offered technological support to Malawi for the search operations.

Confirmation of Casualties and Recovery Efforts

Chakwera said all passengers on board were killed on impact, and that the military was bringing their remains back to the capital. The tragic news has shocked the nation, as Chilima, aged 51, was one of the top potential presidential candidates for the 2025 elections in Malawi.

Chilima’s Political Journey and Legal Challenges

Chilima was arrested in 2022 on graft allegations, amid reports that he had received kickbacks from a businessman for government contracts. The charges were, however, denied by Chilima. The charges against the vice president were dropped by the national prosecutor in May this year, who eventually registered a notice for the discontinuation of the case.

A Nation in Mourning

The plane crash has left Malawi in a state of mourning, with the loss of its vice president and other prominent individuals. As the nation grapples with this tragedy, efforts are underway to investigate the cause of the crash and provide support to the families of the victims. The incident has also raised concerns about aviation safety and the need for robust measures to ensure the secure transportation of high-ranking officials and passengers.

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  • Malawi Capital: Lilongwe;
  • Malawi Currency: Malawian Kwacha.

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