Watch: Helicopter Carrying Politicians Nosedives After Power Line Collision


Two politicians and an aide plunged to the ground in a helicopter after their pilot struck power lines in southeastern Brazil on Wednesday.

Cellphone video captured the harrowing scene as the helicopter collided with the transmission lines and lost power, pitching down in an uncontrolled nosedive, the Daily Mail reported.

The helicopter crashed in a marshy area near a soccer field in the city of Engenheiro Caldas. A downed power line sparked a fire in the brush nearby.

All four people aboard the helicopter — a member of the Brazilian National Congress, a deputy mayor, a press secretary and the pilot — survived the wreck.

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Hercílio Diniz, the congressman, was able to walk out of the wreckage and was hospitalized as a precautionary measure.

David Barraso, deputy mayor of the city of Governador Valadares, suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung and was placed in intensive care.

Pilot Fabiano Rufino also suffered a collapsed lung and is in stable condition at a hospital. Press secretary Luciano Viana escaped with minor injuries and is expected to be discharged soon.

The Mail reported that the helicopter was on approach to land at the soccer field for a campaign appearance by Diniz, who is running for re-election.

The Sun reported that the helicopter’s collision with the power lines caused a power outage in nearby municipalities.

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