Brazil's Campos killed in air crash

Eduardo Campos with running mate Marina Silva

Eduardo Campos with running mate Marina Silva

Brazil's pro-renewables presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), died today in an air-crash in the state of São Paulo.

His vice-presidential running mate, Marina Silva, was not on the plane, PSB officials confirmed.

The cause of this morning's accident is not yet clear, but local press is reporting that the private Cessna jet crashed due to bad weather conditions.

Campos and an estimated 14 other people were flying from Rio de Janeiro to the São Paulo coastal town of Guarujá. The plane crashed in the neighbouring port town of Santos.

With around 10% in the polls, Campos was heading for third in October's presidential election.

Along with his vice-presidential running mate, Marina Silva, he was seen by analysts as the most pro-renewables candidate due to Silva's historic alignment with environmental causes. In the PSB campaign manifesto, Campos promised to bolster the promotion of renewables and rooftop solar.

It is not clear whether the PSB will remain in the presidential race with Silva or another politician as a candidate. Silva is reportedly travelling to Santos now.

Up to the start of the election campaign, Campos was governor of the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, an up and coming wind power district and the first state to hold a regional solar PV auction at the end of 2013.

Campos, who was 49 years old, held a degree in economy, was Science and Technology Minister from January 2004 through to July 2005 under President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, of the Workers' Party (PT).

He had five children with Renata Campos.

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