NEW: Malawi VP’s missing plane found with no survivors

11 Jun, 2024 - 13:06 0 Views
NEW: Malawi VP’s missing plane found with no survivors The wreckage of the plane that was carrying Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others

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MALAWI has been plunged into mourning after rescue teams searching for the plane that was carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others found the wreckage with no survivors this morning.

 

The aircraft went off the radar yesterday morning after it failed to make a scheduled landing at Mzuzu International Airport.

 

Secretary to the Malawi President and Cabinet Colleen Zamba confirmed in a statement today that the search and rescue operation had ended in tragedy after the plane was found in the Chikangawa forest with all on board dead.

 

Zamba said the search and rescue operation was launched immediately after the plane went off the radar and was conducted by various agencies, including the Malawi Defence Force, the Police Service and the Department of Civil Aviation.

 

“The Office of the President and Cabinet wishes to inform the general public that the search and rescue operation of the Malawi Defense Force Aircraft that went missing on Monday, June 10, 2024 has regretfully ended in tragedy. The aircraft, which was carrying the Vice President, the Right Honourbale Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima, and nine others was found in this morning in the Chikangawa forest. Unfortunately, all on board have perished in the crash,” said Zamba.

 

The wreckage of the Malawi Defense Force plane

The wreckage of the Malawi Defense Force plane

 

Zamba said the country has declared a national day of mourning following the tragedy.

 

“His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, has been informed of the tragic outcome and has expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the Vice President and all those who have lost their lives in this tragic incident. The President has declared a national day of mourning and has ordered that all flags fly a half-mast from today until the day of the funeral,” said Zamba.

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