Team of German investigators concludes field work in Malawi

Saulos Chilima

A tragic plane crash on June 10 in Chikangawa Forest, Mzimba District, claimed the lives of Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima, former First Lady Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri, and seven others. 

In response, a specialized team of German investigators was dispatched to Malawi to determine the crash’s cause.

The team, comprised of seasoned aviation experts and forensic specialists, arrived promptly and commenced extensive fieldwork. 

Their mission was to meticulously analyze the crash site, gather evidence, and conduct thorough interviews with witnesses and local authorities.

Throughout their investigation, the German team meticulously documented their findings, focusing on crucial details such as debris patterns, weather conditions, and any potential technical malfunctions. 

Their rigorous approach aimed to provide comprehensive insights into the sequence of events leading up to the tragic incident.

After weeks of intensive effort, the team has now concluded their fieldwork phase. They are expected to return to Germany, where they will continue their analysis and compile a detailed report for Malawian authorities. 

This report will play a pivotal role in uncovering the root cause of the crash, offering closure to the families of the victims and crucial information for aviation safety improvements.

Malawi awaits the outcomes of this investigation eagerly, hoping for clarity and understanding in the wake of this devastating loss. 

The collaboration between Malawian and German authorities underscores the importance of international cooperation in addressing aviation tragedies and enhancing global safety standards.


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