Monday 29 December 2014

Brazilian presidential candidate killed in plane crash

Published 13/08/2014 | 18:54

Former governor of Pernambuco state and Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Eduardo Campos speaks during an interview with Reuters in Sao Paulo in this April 17, 2014 file photo.  A private jet carrying candidate Eduardo Campos, who is running third in polls ahead of Brazil's October presidential election, crashed on August 13, 2014 in the city of Santos, according to a source in Campos's political party. The plane, a Cessna 560XL, lost contact with air traffic control as it was preparing to land, according to an Air Force statement. Television images showed smoke billowing from the crash site in a residential area of Santos.    REUTERS/Nacho Doce/Files (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY)
A private jet carrying candidate Eduardo Campos, who is running third in polls ahead of Brazil's October presidential election, crashed on August 13, 2014 in the city of Santos, according to a source in Campos's political party. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/Files
Former governor of Pernambuco state and Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Eduardo Campos . REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS)
A private jet carrying candidate Eduardo Campos, who is running third in polls ahead of Brazil's October presidential election, crashed on August 13, 2014 in the city of Santos, according to a source in Campos's political party. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Files

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has died after a small plane he was travelling in crashed, according to reports.

The plane that was carrying him and several campaign officials plunged into a residential area in the port city of Santos, a City Hall official there said.

All seven people aboard, including a campaign photographer and press advisor, as well as two pilots, died in the crash, press officer Patricia Fagueiro said.

The Brazilian Socialist Party, or PSB, has yet to confirm that Mr Campos was on the plane. It was not immediately clear whether anyone on the ground was injured in the crash.

Television broadcasts showed wreckage smouldering among smashed buildings in a residential neighbourhood.

Aeronautical authorities said the craft was attempting to land in bad weather. The Brazilian Air Force reported the plane was a Cessna 560XL.

Opinion polls showed Mr Campos running in third place, trailing incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and another candidate in October elections.

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