Chilima’s plane makes emergency landing, no foul play suspected


A plane carrying Malawi Vice President, Saulos Chilima, made an emergency landing at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa today.

According to Malawian Airlines , a tire deflated on the plane while it was landing.

Malawian Airlines Public relations officer Joseph Josiah said the pilot had to take precautionary measures by stopping the plane on the runway when the tire deflated.

A message from Captain Abraham Mangwana from Malawian Airlines said the plane did not crashland but one tire deflated during normal braking.

“One of ABS or Antiskid system, as we call it, was not working on one of the tires. As a precaution, the captain opted to have the aircraft towed to avoid damage to the landing wheel system,” Mangwana said.

Chilima boarded the plane at Kamuzu International Airport this morning on his way to the United States of America.

According to Special Assistant to the Vice President on Economic Affairs Milward Tobias, Chilima has travelled to America for private engagements.

The Vice President is expected back home on 24th January through Kamuzu International Airport.