JUST IN: Malawi vice president dies in plane crash with wife and 8 others (Photos)

Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has died after involving in a airplane crash along with his spouse and eight different passengers.

The nation’s President, Lazarus Chakwera who announcement declared Tuesday a nationwide day of mourning.

The navy airplane carrying Chilima, 51, and 9 others disappeared on Monday after it didn’t land within the northern metropolis of Mzuzu on account of unhealthy climate and was advised to return to the capital, Lilongwe.

“The search and rescue staff have discovered the plane … fully destroyed with no survivors, as all passengers on board have been killed on affect,” Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera mentioned addressing the nation.

“Phrases can not describe how heartbreaking that is,” he mentioned, describing the accident as a “horrible tragedy.”

Chilima, 51, had been seen in Malawi as a doable contender for subsequent yr’s presidential election.

A considerably controversial determine, he’d been arrested in 2022 on graft allegations, amid stories that he’d obtained kickbacks from a businessman for presidency contracts.

Chilima persistently denied the costs, proper up till final month, after they have been dropped by the nationwide prosecutor, who filed a discover for the discontinuation of the case.

In a televised nationwide deal with Monday night time, Chawera advised the nation that the search and rescue operation would proceed till Chilima’s airplane was discovered.

“I do know this can be a heartbreaking scenario,” he mentioned, “and we’re all frightened and anxious.”

A number of nations together with the USA offered technological assist within the search operation.

In an announcement posted Tuesday morning on social media, the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe mentioned it was “deeply involved by the information of the crash” and added a proposal of “all out there help together with a Protection C-12 plane.”