An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima and nine others has gone missing.

That’s according to a statement from the president’s office.

The Malawi Defence Force aircraft “went off the radar” after it left the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning.

The president ordered a search and rescue operation after aviation officials were unable to contact the aircraft.

After being informed of the incident, Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera cancelled his scheduled flight to the Bahamas.