Plane carrying Malawi’s vice president missing

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A plane with the vice president of Malawi on board Saulos Chilima and nine others are missing, a statement from the president’s office said.

The Malawi Defense Force aircraft “disappeared from radar” after leaving the capital Lilongwe on Monday morning, it added.

The president ordered a search and rescue operation after aviation officials were unable to make contact with the plane.

The plane was due to land at Mzuzu International Airport in the north of the country just after 10am local time (11am BST).

After being informed of the incident, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera canceled his scheduled flight to the Bahamas.

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