Plane owned by former Vale CEO crashes in Brazil, seven killed

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Posted: Mar 19, 2016 6:03 PM

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Seven people were killed when a small plane owned by the former CEO of mining company Vale, Roger Agnelli, crashed on Saturday in the northern suburbs of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, emergency services said.

It was not immediately possible to confirm whether Agnelli was onboard when the plane crashed shortly after taking off from the airport of Campo de Marte in Sao Paulo's northern suburbs at around 1520 local time, according to Infraero, the government agency responsible for Brazil's main commercial airports.

The plane's pilot and six passengers were all killed when it slammed into two buildings, a spokesman for the local fire department said. The plane was a 7-seater CA-9 model.

One person inside the buildings at the time of the crash was injured but the rest were removed unharmed. Weather in Sao Paulo was sunny and clear at the time of the crash.

Records for the National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC) showed the plane was owned by Agnelli, 56, who ran Vale for a decade until 2011, but a spokesman could not confirm the list of passengers.

(Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer and Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Nick Zieminski)