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Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima Among 10 Killed in Tragic Plane Crash

Lilongwe: Malawi is mourning the loss of Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others after their plane crashed in a mountainous area in the north of the country. The aircraft wreckage was discovered a day after it went missing amid challenging weather conditions.

Rescue teams located the remains of the military plane on Tuesday following an extensive search effort. President Lazarus Chakwera confirmed the devastating news in a televised address, expressing deep sorrow over the loss of all 10 individuals on board, including Chilima and former first lady, seven other passengers, and three military crew members.

The ill-fated flight departed from the capital, Lilongwe, and was en route to Mzuzu International Airport, located approximately 370 kilometers (230 miles) north. However, it failed to arrive as scheduled, prompting concerns and an immediate search operation.

President Chakwera remarked, “I’m deeply saddened. I’m sorry to inform you all that it has turned out to be a terrible tragedy. The search and rescue team has found the aircraft near a hill … they have found it completely destroyed with no survivors.”

Vice President Saulos Chilima, who was serving his second term after a pivotal role in the 2020 election, was viewed as a potential candidate in the upcoming presidential election. Despite legal challenges in 2022 related to bribery allegations, which were recently dropped, Chilima remained a prominent figure in Malawian politics.

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