SÃO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared three days of mourning after presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, was killed in a plane crash in the port city of Santos, southeast Brazil.
In a statement President Rousseff said she would also suspend her election campaign for the same period.
Flags are flying at half-mast on government buildings across Brazil.
A further six people died and at least ten others were injured when the small private jet flying from Rio de Janeiro to the coastal city of Santos, some 50km southeast of São Paulo, crashed into a residential area after attempting to land at a nearby air base in neighbouring Guarujá.
Eyewitnesses say the plane was already on fire, and possibly upside down, before it hit the ground.