Brazilian presidential candidate killed in plane crash

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed when his private jet crashed in bad weather in Sao Paulo, according to local TV network GloboNews.

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Thousands mourn Brazil presidential candidate

Tens of thousands of Brazilians gathered in the north eastern city of Recife to bid farewell to presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, killed in a plane crash four days ago, as debate swirled about the impact of his death on the October election.

Locals waited hours in line to pay their respects in front of Campos's coffin and watch an open-air mass attended by a number of Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Supporters accompany a fire truck carrying the coffin of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos towards a cemetery for burial in Recife Credit: Reuters
Supporters crowd around a cart carrying the coffin of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Credit: Reuters
A supporter of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos cries inside the cemetery where Campos was buried in Recife Credit: Reuters

Brazilian President cancels campaigning for three days

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled campaigning for three days ahead of the October elections in the country after one of the candidates was killed in a plane crash.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Credit: Reuters

Eduardo Campos' private jet carrying seven people crashed in the coastal city of Santos during bad weather as it was preparing to land.

Five people on board were reportedly rushed to a local hospital. Their identities and what condition they were in is unknown.

Campos, leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), had been running third in the polls. The elections are due to take place on October 5.

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Brazilian presidential candidate 'killed in plane crash'

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos giving a speech last month. Credit: Reuters

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has reportedly been killed when his private jet crashed in the city of Santos in Sao Paulo, according to local TV network GloboNews.

Campos, 49, is a former governor Pernambuco state.

He positioned himself as a business-friendly leftist and was a former ally of President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking a second term.

Private jet carrying Brazilian presidential candidate crashes

A private jet carrying Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has crashed, sources in his political party told Reuters.

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. Credit: Reuters

The plane lost contact with air traffic control as it was preparing to land in Santos, Sao Paulo, according to an Air Force statement.

A police official in Santos said there were "certainly" fatalities in the crash, but could not provide any additional information.

The party source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Campos' running mate, Marina Silva, was not on board.

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