Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Vice President of Malawi dies in plane accident

Saulos Chilima, upon his return from South Korea, Sunday, June 9, 2024. Photo by
The government of Malawi confirmed Tuesday that nine other persons along with Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima perished when the aircraft they were flying in crashed in the Chikangawa mountain range. Tuesday became national day of mourning announced by President Lazarus Chakwera. Later on, it became uncertain whether Mary, Chilima's wife, had also been on the plane when it crashed, as the government had initially said. Chilima, 51, and the other passengers were heading to attend the funeral for the former attorney general for the country when their flight vanished off radar. Air traffic officials said that poor visibility forced the jet to miss landing at Mzuzu airport, approximately 200 miles north of the city; the pilot had been advised to go back to Lilongwe when the aircraft disappeared.


Summary News: Vice President of Malawi dies

The government of Malawi reported nine people—including Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima—had perished in an aircraft accident over the Chikangawa mountain range. Given that the tragedy happened on a national day of grief, it is unknown if Mary, Chilima's wife, was aboard the plane as well. The plane disappeared off radar due to poor visibility, and the pilot was advised to return to Lilongwe.


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Source: Malawi’s vice president and 9 others are confirmed dead after their plane’s wreckage is found
Source: Malawi Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima killed in plane crash along with 9 others
Sources: CBS news, AP News

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