Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima killed in plane crash

Malawi’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima, has been killed in a plane crash in the country’s Chikangawa mountain range, along with nine other passengers.

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The country’s, President Lazarus Chakwera, confirmed the news today saying: “I'm deeply saddened, I'm sorry to inform you all that it has turned out to be a terrible tragedy. The search and rescue team has found the aircraft near a hill. They have found it completely destroyed with no survivors.”

The aircraft carrying Chilima went missing on Monday. The plane was scheduled to land in the Mzuzu airport at 10:02 am. However, the plane was unable to land due to bad weather and poor visibility and was told to return to the capital, Lilongwe, but went off the radar.

Chakwera added: “Despite the track record of the aircraft and the experience of the crew, something terrible went wrong with that aircraft on its flight back to Lilongwe, sending it crashing down and leaving us all devastated.”

Chilima, who was 51, was being seen as the presidential candidate in next year's general elections in Malawi.