Brazilian presidential candidate killed in private jet crash
A Cessna Citation XLS+ private jet has crashed in Brazil, claiming the life of Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos.
A 2011-build Cessna Citation XLS+, registered as PR-AFA (msn 560-6066), crashed while operating an internal flight in Brazil at 10.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday 13 August 2014.
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According a BBC report, the aircraft was carrying Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, his wife and their son, along with two assistants and a film-maker. It is not yet known whether there were any survivors on board.
The aircraft had taken off from Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport and was bound for Guarujá when the accident occurred.
The aircraft came down in a residential area in Santos while on approach to Guarujá Airport.
The weather at the time of the accident suggests that there was rain and mist in the area, with broken clouds down to 800 ft.
A statement on the Brazilian Air Force website confirmed the details of the accident.
This is the eigth fatal accident involving a private jet to have occurred in 2014 so far.