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Malawi vice president dies in military plane crash alongside former first lady

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Saulos Chilima, Malawi's vice president, and nine others have been killed in a plane crash, the country's president said today.The wreckage of the military plane was located in a mountainous area in the north of the country after a search that lasted more than a day.

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera said there were no survivors of the crash, speaking in a live address on state television.Hundreds of soldiers, police officers and forest rangers had been searching for the missing military plane, which was carrying 51-year-old Chilima, former first lady Shanil Dzimbiri, and eight others.The plane went missing on Monday morning while making the 45-minute flight from the southern African nation's capital, Lilongwe, to the city of Mzuzu, around 230 miles to the north.Air traffic controllers told the plane not to attempt a landing at Mzuzu's airport because of bad weather and poor visibility and asked it to turn back to Lilongwe, President Lazarus Chakwera said.

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