Breaking: Three weeks after Ebrahim Raisi death, Malawi’s Vice President, Ex-First lady die in plane crash
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Breaking: Three weeks after Ebrahim Raisi death, Malawi’s Vice President, Ex-First lady die in plane crash

June 11, 2024

Breaking: Three weeks after Ebrahim Raisi death, Malawi’s Vice President, Ex-First lady die in plane crash

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Three weeks after the former President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi died, alongside other officials in a plane crash, another plane crash has claimed the lives of the Vice President of Malawi, Saulos Chilima and the former First Lady, Shanil Dzimbiri.

Malawian searchers found the wreckage of the plane that was carrying the Vice President on Tuesday, a day after the aircraft went missing in bad weather.

The military plane carrying Chilima, 51, and nine others disappeared on Monday after it failed to land in the northern city of Mzuzu due to poor visibility and was told to return to the capital, Lilongwe and there was no survivor in the wreckage.

Photographs shared with AFP by a member of the military rescue team showed army personnel standing on a foggy slope near debris bearing the registration number of the Malawi Army Air Wing Dornier 228-202K aircraft.

President Lazarus Chakwera was due to address the nation.

Rescuers had been combing a fog-cloaked forest south of Mzuzu on Tuesday, after authorities located the last tower it transmitted to before the plane disappeared.

Earlier, army commander General Paul Valentino Phiri said other countries, including Malawi’s neighbours, had been aiding the search effort, with support including helicopters and drones.

The group departed just after 9:00 am (0700 GMT) from Lilongwe on Monday to attend the funeral of a former cabinet minister some 370 kilometres (230 miles) away in Mzuzu.

First elected vice president in 2014, the charismatic yet stern-talking Chilima is a widely loved figure in Malawi, particularly among young people.

But in 2022, during his second stint in the job, Chilima was stripped of his powers after being arrested and charged with graft over a bribery scandal involving a British-Malawian businessman.

Last month, a Malawian court dropped the charges and he resumed his official duties.

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