Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima Missing After Military Aircraft Disappears

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Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima Missing After Military Aircraft Disappears

A military aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others has gone missing, sparking a nationwide search and rescue operation.

The Malawi Defence Force aircraft vanished from radar after departing from the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday, June 10.

The plane was en route to Mzuzu International Airport, where it was scheduled to land at 10:02 am.

However, contact with the aircraft was lost, and it failed to reach its destination. President Lazarus Chakwera swiftly ordered an extensive search and rescue mission following the disappearance.

In a statement, the president’s office detailed the situation: “The Commander of the Malawi Defence Forces, Gen Valentino Phiri, has informed His Excellency Dr Lazarus Chakwera of the incident. The president has since canceled his planned departure for the Bahamas to oversee the search efforts.”

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This incident has left the nation in shock and deep concern for the safety of Vice President Chilima and the other passengers. The disappearance is reminiscent of a recent tragic event in Iran, where President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash near Jolfa in East Azerbaijan province on May 19. That crash also claimed the lives of eight high-ranking officials, including Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.

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The search operation for Chilima’s aircraft is ongoing, and the nation awaits updates with bated breath. The parallels to the Iranian tragedy underscore the precarious nature of air travel for top officials, highlighting the risks they face in fulfilling their duties.

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Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima Missing After Military Aircraft Disappears

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