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Qatar tribune



An aeroplane carrying Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima has been missing since Monday morning, the office of the president said late Monday.

The Malawian armed forces aircraft with Chilima and nine other people on board had taken off on a domestic flight in the morning, but then disappeared from radar. The aircraft took off just after 9am local time.

Aviation authorities lost contact with the plane when it “went off radar”, the statement from Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera’s office said.

Chakwera was informed of the missing plane by the head of the Malawian armed forces, then ordered a search operation and cancelled a trip to the Bahamas.

“All efforts to make contact with the aircraft since it went off radar have failed thus far,” the statement said.

The president had ordered national and local authorities to “conduct an immediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft”, his office said.

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