An official inquiry team has moved into Oporto in Portugal to investigate the death of a visiting politician in a helicopter crash on Tuesday (8 June).
GV Crowd and police gathered around crash debris
CU Twisted wreckage of helicopter (5 shots)
SV Official inquiry team talking with police officials
GV EXT Crowds outside hospital Santo Antonio in Oporto (3 shots)
The two other men killed in the crash were Portuguese air force officers. Brigadier Veloso, a conservative in his political views, was the last Governor of the Atlantic islands of Sao Tome before they became independent from Portugal last year. After his return to Portugal, Brigadier Veloso took over command of the Northern Military Region from an officer associated with the pro-Communist former Prime Minister, Vasco Goncalves.
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Background: An official inquiry team has moved into Oporto in Portugal to investigate the death of a visiting politician in a helicopter crash on Tuesday (8 June).
SYNOPSIS: The accident occurred at Vila Nova de Gaia, just outside Oporto when the helicopter apparently hit high tension cables or a pylon. The area was shrouded in fog at the time. Killed in the crash were Senhor Xavier Dias, the Minister of Environment of Portugal's former colony of Sao Tome, and two other passengers. Also on board was the commander of Portugal's Northern Military Region, Brigadier Pires Veloso. He was badly injured and was taken with the pilot to a nearby hospital.
The investigation team was rushed to the scene soon after the accident happened. The injured Brigadire was at one time considered a potential candidate in this month's presidential election and is a member of the 19 man Military Council of the Revolution which at present rules the country alongside the provisional government. So far the investigation team has not yet released any statement on why the accident happened. Meanwhile, crowds keep a constant vigil outside the Oporto hospital waiting for news on the condition of the survivors.