NTSB Will Go to Brazil to Investigate Crash of Presidential Candidate’s Cessna

The NTSB has just announced that it will send investigators to support the investigation of the crash which killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos on Wednesday in Santos, Brazil, when a Cessna 560XL Plus on which the candidate travelled came down on approach to Santos Airport.

The NTSB indicates that the investigation is being conducted by CENIPA (Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos), but that it will assist because the accident involves a US manufactured aircraft, in keeping with ICAO’s Annex 13.   CENIPA expressly requested NTSB assistance under the provisions of this Annex.

“NTSB designated Senior Air Safety investigator Tim Monville as the US accredited representative,” the agency announced.  “He is accompanied by technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Cessna Aircraft Company.”

The NTSB also advises that “CENIPA will release all information related to the investigation.”

Mr. Campos was 49 years old, married with five children.  The Wall Street Journal reports that officials said the aircraft had an aborted landing, due to poor weather, and was trying to change course when it came down in a residential area.  “Seven people aboard were killed, including the pilot and co-pilot, a reporter, a photographer and two of Mr. Campos’ campaign aides.”

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