Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brazil presidential candidate’s plane crashes

An airplane reportedly carrying the Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has crashed in a residential part of the port city of Santos, in Brazil's Sao Paulo state. The plane was frequently utilized by Campos who's running for president for the Brazilian Socialist Party. Party members said he was on board  during the time of the crash. Firefighters said there have been 10 “victims” but didn't clarify if the 10 were injured or dead. 

 A police spokeswoman told the AFP news agency that there were “fatalities but we still do not have a number confirmed”. Locals said the sky was cloudy and it was raining at the time of the crash. Police and emergency workers are at the scene in Santos, which is located 70km (43 miles) south-east of Sao Paulo. The Cessna 560XL plane had taken off from Rio de Janeiro’s domestic airport and was heading to the city of Guaruja, near Santos, the Brazilian Air Force said. According to Air Force officials, air traffic control lost contact with the plane after it could not land in Guaruja due to bad weather.

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