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Brazilian presidential candidate killed in plane crash

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Eduardo Campos, Brazilian presidential candidate was killed on Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood.

All seven people aboard the the Cessna were killed when the aircraft crashed in the city of Santos, Brazil, about 40 miles south of Sao Paulo.

The aircraft swerved because of bad weather and the air traffic control tower immediately lost contact with it.

Campos, was a well known politician running in his first presidential election as a candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party. He was most recently the governor of Pernambuco state and was a federal lawmaker from 1998 to 2003. He was married and had five children.

An adviser, photographer, two pilots, and two others from Campos’ political team were killed in the plane crash.

A dozen people on the ground were injured when the plane crashed.

(Source: CNN World)

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