Malawian President to Address Nation After VP Plane Crash Pictures Circulate

Update (0640 EST): Malawi President Chakwera has confirmed VP Chilima’s death.

As this publication reported yesterday, an aircraft carrying the Malawian Vice President went missing at approximately 1100 EST on June 10th, 2024.

As of approximately 0545 EST this morning, Malawian President Chakwera is expected to address his nation at 1200L (0600 EST). This comes after images have circulated online showing what appears to be wreckage of the VP aircraft and statements from Defense Minister Kunkuyu that the aircraft had still not been found at 0330 EST this morning.

Local media has claimed Vice President Chilima is deceased along with the nine other passenger and crew on the Dornier 228 twin-turboprop STOL-capable utility aircraft.

The United States offered the Malawian government use of a DoD C-12 aircraft to look for the aircraft, but it is unclear if the offer was accepted. South Africa and Zimbabwe also offered assistance in the search.

Malawi officially the Republic of Malawi and formerly known as Nyasaland, is a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa.

The government handling of this situation is reminiscent of the loss of the Kenyan Chief of Defense on April 18th, 2024, in which it took the government more than six hours to make any statement on his fatal helicopter crash.