Written by News 1st
14 Aug, 2014 | 7:15 am
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported.
All seven people aboard the the Cessna 560XL were killed when the aircraft crashed in the coastal city of Santos, Brazil, about 40 miles south of Sao Paulo, state-run Agencia Brasil reported.
As the aircraft prepared to land, it swerved because of bad weather. The air traffic control tower immediately lost contact with the plane, Agencia Brasil said.
One witness, a pilot trainee, said he heard a loud noise and saw the plane flying low before it crashed into a house and then the ground.
It was pitched down at 70 degrees, and “hit the ground like a rock,” Matheus Giovannini said.
Campos, 49, was a well known politician running in his first presidential election as a candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party.
An adviser, photographer, two pilots, and two others from Campos’ political team were also killed in the plane crash.
A dozen people on the ground were injured when the plane crashed, Agencia Brasil reported.
The country’s Air Force said Wednesday’s plane crash was due to bad weather, but it is continuing to investigate the accident.
The plane had departed from Santos Dumont airport in Rio de Janeiro en route to Guaruja airport in Sao Paulo state, Agencia Brasil reported.
Its maintenance and inspection records were up to date, the state outlet said.
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