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Brazilian Presidential Candidate Dies In Plane Crash

August 15, 2014 - On Wednesday a Cessna Citation 560XL (registration PR-AFA) crashed enroute to Santos AB Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil killing all seven onboard including 49 year old Brazilian presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos. Campos was planning to attend a campaign event in Guaruja. 

As the pilots were preparing to land the Cessna Citation business jet they encountered bad weather. After a failed landing attempt the jet crashed into a local school gymnasium about three miles southwest of the airport. Onboard the aircraft were two pilots, an adviser, photographer, and two others from Campos' political team. 

The Brazilian air force reported air traffic control lost radio contact with the jet just before it crashed. The weather at the time was reported about 1.5 miles visibility with rain and mist. The airport was only equipped for an NDB approach for runway 35. Witnesses reported they saw the aircraft flying low, it was at a 70 degree pitch when it crashed and it "hit the ground like a rock". 

Eduardo Campos was Governor of the state of Pernambuco, in Brazil, located in the Northeast region of the country from 2007 to 2014. In April 2014, Eduardo Campos announced his name for the 2014 presidential election, naming Marina Silva as his running mate. He dropped out as governor and at the time of his death he was President of Brazilian Socialist Party, Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB). 

With the presidential election scheduled for October 5th, Campos was viewed as a serious contender for president of Brazil. Although he was running in third place Campos' death sent shock waves across the South American country's political landscape. Campos leaves behind his wife and five children.


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