Brazilian Presidential Candidate Eduardo Campos Dies in Plane Crash

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The Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, 49, on Wednesday
died in a plane crash,shocking the nation and upending October’s elections party members and local officials say.

Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer expressed his regret over the
death of Campos, who had been running third in the polls for
October’s election.

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The Brazilian Socialist Party candidate died when the private
Cessna 560XL in which he was traveling crashed into a residential
area of the coastal city of Santos, about 35 miles south of São
Paulo.It is not yet clear if any of the other passengers on board were
killed

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Temer said, “There are no words to describe the tragedy that has
befallen Brazilian politics today.”

“Eduardo Campos was a politician with principles and values
passed down through his family and carried with dignity and
honour throughout his career in parliament and the executive,” the
statement added.

Campos’ family had actively opposed Brazil’s military rule
(1964-1985).
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled all campaign
activities for three days, her party said.

Campos’ plane was flying from Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont
airport to Guaruja airport outside Sao Paulo when it hit bad
weather, aviation authority spokesman Pedro Luis Farcic said.
Locals said the sky was cloudy and it was raining at the time of
the crash.

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Police and emergency workers are at the scene in Santos, which is
located 70km (43 miles) south-east of Sao Paulo.

According to Air Force officials, air traffic control lost contact with
the plane after it could not land in Guaruja due to bad weather.
Firefighters said there were 10 “victims” but did not clarify if they
had been injured or killed.

Mr. Campos was married and had five children, including one
newborn. He had recently celebrated his birthday on the campaign
trail, smiling as he was presented with an enormous cake.