Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and 9 Others Killed in Devastating Plane Crash

Malawi's President Declares Tragic Loss as VP Perishes in Devastating Plane Crash on 11 June, 2024

Who is Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima?

Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, aged 51, was a prominent figure in Malawi’s political landscape and was seen as a potential contender for the upcoming presidential election. His career, however, was not without controversy. In 2022, he faced graft allegations, which he consistently denied until the charges were dropped last month.

Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and 9 Others Killed in Devastating Plane Crash
Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima Malawi’s VP and nine others onboard have been confirmed dead

Vice President’s accident

In a tragic turn of events, Malawi’s Vice President, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, along with his wife and eight other individuals, lost their lives in a devastating plane crash on June 10, 2024. The military aircraft, which was en route to a funeral, crashed in the Chikangawa mountain range, leading to the untimely demise of all on board.

The incident has sent shockwaves throughout the nation, prompting President Lazarus Chakwera to declare a national day of mourning. In a heartfelt address to the nation, President Chakwera expressed his deep sorrow and emphasized the significant loss to the country. He mentioned that the search and rescue teams found the “completely destroyed” wreckage of the plane near a hill in Malawi’s Chikangawa forest.

The plane crash occurred after the aircraft took off from the capital, Lilongwe, and was headed to Mzuzu airport. Due to poor visibility, the pilot was advised to return to Lilongwe, but the plane disappeared from radar shortly after. The search operation, which included technological support from several countries, continued until the wreckage was found.

This tragic incident has left the nation in mourning, with many expressing their condolences and support for the families of the victims. The loss of Vice President Chilima and the others on board is a significant blow to Malawi, and the nation will undoubtedly feel the impact of this devastating event for years to come.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *