Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood. According to reports, All seven people aboard the the Cessna 560XL were killed when the aircraft crashed in the coastal city of Santos, Brazil, about 40 miles south of Sao Paulo.
Officials said the pilot had aborted a landing due to poor weather and was attempting to change course. All seven people aboard perished, including the pilot and co-pilot, a reporter, a photographer and two of Mr. Campos’ campaign aides.
This crash has reportedly thrown the October election into disarray and causing big swings in local financial markets. Eduardo Campos, 49, was in third place in recent polls with the support of about 10 percent of voters. Eduardo was a two-time governor of Pernambuco state in northeast Brazil.
President Dilma Rousseff, who is leading the race, announced she would suspend all campaigning for three days in mourning. “Today we lost a great Brazilian,” she said. “Eduardo was a great leader.”
Senator Aecio Neves, the centrist candidate running in second place, has said he is “immensely saddened” by the death of Eduardo Campos.
Campos is survived by his wife Renata de Andrade Lima Campos and five children, including a six-month old boy.