- POSTED: 13 Aug 2014 23:19
- UPDATED: 14 Aug 2014 00:27
A private jet crashed on Wednesday (Aug 13) into a gymnasium and two homes in the Brazilian city of Santos, claiming multiple lives, officials said.
SANTOS: A private jet crashed Wednesday (Aug 13) into a gymnasium and two homes in the Brazilian city of Santos, claiming multiple lives, officials said. Local media reports also said presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was on board.
"There are fatalities but we still do not have a number confirmed," a Sao Paulo state police spokeswoman told AFP, saying a fire had hampered access the area. Santos firefighters said there were at least 10 people injured, according to online news portal G1.
Television news network GloboNews said Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who was on the plane, was killed. However, it did not say how it obtained the information.
Police had initially said the aircraft was a helicopter, but the Brazilian air force said it was in fact a private plane, a Cessna 560XL, which is a medium-sized jet.
The plane took off from Rio de Janeiro's Santos Dumont airport and was headed to Guaruja airport on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, said aviation authority spokesman Pedro Luis Farcic.
"As it was preparing to land, the plane fell due to bad weather. Air traffic control then lost contact with the aircraft," he said.
TV images showed the destroyed plane amid piles of burning rubble, with a large column of smoke rising from several houses in the residential area. Flames could be seen in the windows of some houses.
Local restaurant owner Thiago Fernandes said the impact had shattered the front windows at his business.
"I was working in the restaurant and there was a very loud boom, like nothing I had ever heard. All the front windows broke. Later they told us that an aircraft had fallen on the pool of a gymnasium a block away," he told Globo News TV.