A military plane carrying Malawi’s vice president and nine other people went missing on June 10 and the search is ongoing, the president’s office said.

The plane carrying 51-year-old Vice President Saulos Chilima took off from the capital Lilongwe, but missed its scheduled landing at Muzu International Airport, about 370 kilometers (230 miles) to the north, about 45 minutes later.

A statement from the office of Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera said aviation authorities lost contact with the plane when it “went off radar”. Mr. Chakwera ordered a search operation and canceled a trip to the Bahamas, his office said.

“All attempts to contact the aircraft since it went off radar have so far been unsuccessful,” the statement said.

Mr Chikwera was informed of the missing plane by the Chief of the Armed Forces of Malawi, General Valentino Phiri. His office said the president had ordered national and local authorities to “immediately conduct a search and rescue operation to locate the aircraft”.

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