Brazil.- Seven people, five of them from the same family, died when a plane crashed shortly after takeoff near the city of Sao Paulo (southeastern Brazil), firefighters announced.
One of the victims is businessman Celso Silveira Mello Filho, brother of the owner of Cosan, one of the main groups producing biofuels in Brazil, the company said in a statement. “Celso Silveira Mello Filho, who was a shareholder of the group, was in the plane that crashed this morning in Piracicaba (…) as well as his wife, his three children, the pilot and the copilot”, Cosan specified.
The twin engine crashed in a wooded area of a residential area in Piracicaba, about 150 km from Sao Paulo. All its occupants died.
Images posted on Twitter by firefighters show a large black patch engulfed in flames at the crash site, among charred trees. The authorities have not yet released information on the causes of the accident, which took place just 15 seconds after takeoff, according to the Piracicaba city council. The plane was heading to the state of Pará (north).