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Aircraft Carrying Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima Goes Missing, Rescue Ops Underway – News18

Aircraft Carrying Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima Goes Missing, Rescue Ops Underway – News18


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The aircraft, which took off shortly after 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT), was carrying 51-year-old Chilima along with nine other individuals. (Image via X/@SKChilima)

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered regional and national forces to conduct an “immediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft,” the statement said

A military aircraft carrying Malawian Vice-President Saulos Chilima has gone missing after failing to land on Monday, according to a government statement.

โ€œAll efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the aircraft since it went off the radar have failed thus far,โ€ the statement from Malawian President Lazarus Chakweraโ€™s office said.

The aircraft, which took off shortly after 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT), was carrying 51-year-old Chilima along with nine other individuals.

Malawian Presidentย has ordered regional and national forces to conduct an โ€œimmediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft,โ€ the statement added.

Chakwera, who was scheduled to travel to the Bahamas for a working visit, has since cancelled his trip.

In 2022, Chilima was stripped of his powers when he was arrested and charged with graft over a bribery scandal involving a British-Malawian businessman. Last month, a Malawian court dropped the charges after Chilima attended several court appearances.

(With inputs from AFP)



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