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Malawian President Seeks Help In Search For Missing Plane Carrying VP Chilima, Nine Others

3 days agoTue, 11 Jun 2024 06:28:35 GMT
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Malawian President Seeks Help In Search For Missing Plane Carrying VP Chilima, Nine Others

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has said that he has contacted neighbouring countries and diplomatic partners to help search for a missing plane carrying Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others.

As reported by the Nation, Chakwera addressed the nation at 11 PM on Monday and said the search for the plane registration number MAFTO3 was still going on contrary to reports that it had been abandoned until 6 AM on Tuesday. He said:

We have already contacted our neighbouring countries and development partners including the US government, the British government, the Norwegian government and the Israeli government who have offered all sorts of support including the use of specialised technologies that will enhance our capacity to find the plane sooner.

Chakwera was still hopeful that the plane would be found saying, “I am holding on to every fibre of hope that we will find survivors on that plane.”

He said the plane went missing in the morning of Monday following bad weather in Mzuzu where it was supposed to land.

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Chakwera also said the plane landed at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) at 7:05 AM from Mzuzu to pick up Chilima who was to attend the funeral ceremony of the late Ralph Kasambara, a lawyer who also served as Attorney General and Justice Minister.

The plane left KIA at 9:17 am with the Chilima and nine other passengers and was expected to touch down at Mzuzu International Airport at 10:02 AM.

The President said that the nine passengers were Lucas Kapheni, Chisomo Chimaneni, Gloria Mtukule, Shanil Dzimbiri, Dan Kanyemba, Abdul Lapken, Col Samalopa, Major Selemani and Major Ayidini.

He said the plane could not land in Mzuzu because of bad weather. He added, “However they lost contact with the plane after its return, on its way to Lilongwe.”

After checking towers during a search, the plane could be detected within a 10km radius of Raiply within Chikangawa Forest, said Chakwera.

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