Military says that the plane of Malawi Vice President’s may have crashed into a forest

BLANTYRE (Reuters) – The military reported on Tuesday that the plane carrying Malawi Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima crashed in dense forests, but has yet to be found.

The top military official Paul Valentino told reporters that fog in the Chikangawa Forest was hampering search and rescue efforts.

Chilima was 51 years old when she boarded a military plane with nine other people on Monday morning at 0717 GMT.

In a Monday televised speech to the nation, President Lazarus Chakwera revealed that the plane was scheduled to land in Mzuzu at 10:02 am but due to poor visibility was unable land. It was then ordered to return to Mzuzu.

The aircraft had disappeared from radar and the aviation authorities were unable to contact it.

Malawi’s Information Minister said that the country had asked Angola to help find the plane.

Chilima was arrested for alleged graft in 2022, a year before he is expected to run in the presidential elections next year.

A Malawi court, however, dropped the charges last month against him after the director for public prosecutions submitted a notice to discontinue the case. Chilima denies any wrongdoing.

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