A Cessna 560 XL carrying presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and six others including two pilots, a photographer, his advisor and other members of his team were all killed when their plane lost control while flying into Sao Paulo, Brazil for a campaign rally. They had clearance for landing but for some reason, possibly the weather, the pilot chose not to land at that time. And soon after, something went wrong, causing the plane to veer off course and crash into a residential area. Miraculously, there were no reports of anyone in the area being killed by the crashed aircraft and subsequent fire although there were numerous injuries.
Brazil is in shock of this tragedy as the forty-nine-year-old Campos, running for his first time as candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, was a favorite amongst the people and they had high hopes for him and what he could bring them in the October 5 election. Other candidates have announced that they will suspend their own campaign activities for the time being out of respect for Campos and those who died.
The plane had been subject to routine maintenance so the cause of the crash is being blamed on poor weather conditions but a full investigation is still underway.