Malawi: Aircraft carrying vice-president goes missing

Source: BBC News [UK State Media]

“An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima and nine others has gone missing, a statement from the president’s office has said. The Malawi Defence Force aircraft ‘went off the radar’ after it left the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning, it added. The president ordered a search and rescue operation after aviation officials were unable to contact the aircraft. It was supposed to land at Mzuzu International Airport, in the country’s north, just after 10:00 local time (09:00 BST). After being told of the incident by the Defence Force’s commander, Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera cancelled his flight to the Bahamas, which was scheduled for Monday evening. ‘The public will be updated of any developments on the situation as facts are established,’ the president’s office said. The reason for the aircraft’s disappearance is not yet known, General Valentino Phiri told Mr Chakwera.” (06/10/24)