Plane carrying Malawi's vice president missing: report

Lilongwe, Malawi:

A military plane carrying Malawi’s Vice President Saulus Chilima has gone missing after it failed to land on Monday morning, the government said.

“All attempts by aviation authorities to contact the aircraft since it went off radar have been unsuccessful so far,” the government said in a statement.

The plane, which took off just after 9:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), was carrying 51-year-old Chalima and nine other people.

The statement said President Lazarus Chakwera ordered regional and national forces to “immediately carry out a search and rescue operation to locate the plane”.

Chaqueira, who was scheduled to go to the Bahamas for a working visit, has since canceled his trip.

In 2022, Chilima was stripped of his powers when he was arrested and charged in a bribery scandal involving a British-Malawian businessman.

Last month, a Malawian court dismissed the charges after Chilima made several court appearances.

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