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A military plane carrying Malawi’s vice president and nine others has gone missing, sparking a massive search operation.

AP News reports Vice President Saulos Chilima’s plane left the capital, Lilongwe, and failed to land at Mzuzu International Airport – about 230 miles north.

“All efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the Aircraft since it went off the radar have failed thus far,” the government wrote in a statement.

X user Malawi Elects wrote, “This Dornier 228 as used by the VP today, was purchased from Germany as a transport plane for the MDF some decades back and was long overdue for retirement. Two years ago, the MDF took delivery of two Xian MA600.”

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