Brazilian TV newscaster dies in helicopter crash
Ricardo Boechat was returning from a university in the city of Campinas when the helicopter crashed on one of Sao Paulo’s main highways.
An award-winning Brazilian television news anchor has died as a helicopter carrying him crashed on one of Sao Paulo’s main highways.
TV Band said Ricardo Boechat was returning from a university in the city of Campinas when the helicopter crashed on to a truck. Police confirmed the pilot also died.
Boechat, 66, anchored TV Band’s main nightly news, as well as hosting a radio programme and writing a column for IstoE magazine.
He was also a frequent mediator of presidential debates for his network.
Police Captain Augusto Paiva said the truck driver suffered minor injuries.
“The helicopter tried to land in an access road close to a toll station. But then the truck came and they crashed. The fire occurred because of the collision,” Capt Paiva said.
President Jair Bolsonaro, a frequent target of Mr Boechat’s criticism, expressed his condolences on Twitter.
Mr Boechat left six children.
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