Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a 21-day mourning period to honor Vice-President Saulos Chilima and nine others who perished in a plane crash.

Chilima was 51 and had been vice president since 2014, having served a first term in the role under former President Peter Mutharika.

The remains of the victims were brought back to Lilongwe on a Zambian Air Force helicopter on Tuesday night.

He will be honored with a state funeral along with nine other people.