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The Vice President of Malawi and nine others died in the Dornier 228 crash News

Ten people are dead in Malawi, including the country’s vice president, after a Dornier 228-200 turboprop of the Malawian Armed Forces crashed in the southeastern African country on June 10.

The twin-engine plane carrying Saulos Chilima encountered bad weather, including heavy fog, en route to the northern city of Mzuzu, and air traffic control ordered it to return to Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. The plane did not arrive and the country’s president ordered the military to launch a search and rescue operation.

Malawai Dornier 228

A day later, the wreckage of the plane from the flight was located in a protected forest area.

“The plane has been found,” Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera announced in a nationwide address broadcast on June 11. “The search and rescue team found the plane near a hill in the Chikangawa forest and found it completely destroyed, with no survivors.”

He added that all passengers died on impact.

Chakwera notes that earlier in the day the flight crew had safely completed the flight on the same Dornier 228. The Malawian government did not immediately offer an explanation for the fatal crash.

Cirium data indicates that the Malawi Defense Force’s air wing has three such aircraft in service, with an average age of 36 years.