US to help probe crash that killed Brazilian leader

August 17, 2014 - 12:29:33 am

SAO PAULO: A team of US experts is headed to Brazil to help investigate the plane crash that killed seven people including socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos.

Brazil’s air force, which is in charge of the investigation, has said that the black box recovered from the wreckage failed to record the final flight, which came down in bad weather on Wednesday in the city of Santos killing everyone on board.

The US experts hail from the National Transportation Safety Board, the US agency that investigates crashes, and the Cessna Aircraft Company, which made the plane, Brazil news site G1 reported yesterday.

Campos, 49, had been running third in opinion polls for the October election.

A popular former governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Campos was married with five children, the youngest just six months old.

His remains are due to be buried in the coming days in Recife, capital of Pernambuco. 

An open-air mass is also planned.

Campos’s party is due to announce its new candidate on Wednesday, G1 said.