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Malawi VP plane wreckage found

Deceased: Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima

Zim Now Writer

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has been confirmed dead following the discovery of the crashed military plane he was in.

The aircraft, which also had former first lady Shanil Dzimbiri on board, left the southern African nation's capital, Lilongwe, at 9.17am local time and was due to arrive 45 minutes later.

But air traffic control warned the pilot not to attempt a landing and to turn around because of bad weather, President Lazarus Chakwera said.

Controllers then lost contact with the aircraft and it vanished from radar a short time later.

Frantic search crews combed the area for hours before eventually tracking down the wreckage.

President Chakwera is expected to address the nation on the new development.

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