In Portugal, the death of Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro in an aircrash has brought about deep political uncertainty.
SV Firemen examining wreckage of plane on caved-in roof of building in Lisbon.
SV & GV Onlookers watch firemen pull mangled wing from roof. (2 SHOTS)
GV Bodies driven away in ambulance.
GV ZOOM IN Damaged house in daylight.
GV & SV People standing by burnt out shell of car damaged in plane crash. (2 SHOTS)
GV Geronimos Monastry in Lisbon with people waiting in front. (2 SHOTS)
SV Security guards waving mourners through entrance.
GV & SV Mourners paying last respects to dead lying in state with military guard. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: In Portugal, the death of Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro in an aircrash has brought about deep political uncertainty. He died as a bitterly-fought campaign for presidential elections on Sunday (7 December) was building towards its climax. Those who perished were Dr. Sa Carneiro, Defence Minister Adelino Amaro Da Costa, the Chef de Cabinet Antonio Patricio Gouveia, the Prime Minister's constant companion, Snu Abecassis, and three other people. Their plane crashed and burst into flames on Thursday (4 December) shortly after take-off from Lisbon airport.
SYNOPSIS: The group had just left for their final campaign trip when the aircraft plunged into a building. An air traffic controller said the pilots had reported nothing wrong before the crash. Rescue teams said the twin-engined Cessna hit the roof of a house near the airport, lost a wing, a narrow residential street. There were no survivors. Dr. Sa Carneiro, a 46-year-old lawyer, had been Prime Minister for a year.
When rescue teams arrived on the scene, they could only gather the bodies of Portugal's political leaders and drive them away.
In daylight, the full damage become visible. The roof of the house had been completely destroyed, and three adjoining houses had caught fire from the burning wreckage. The aircraft, in plunging to earth, had crushed a car parked in the street and set it on fire.
The bodies were taken to Geronimos Monastry in Lisbon. By Friday morning (5 December), a crowd had gathered to pay last respects to Dr. Sa Carneiro and his cabinet colleagues. Only two months earlier, he'd led the Democratic Alliance, a conservative party he founded last year, to a general election victory.
The deaths put a question mark over Portugal's political future. The Prime Minister had been heading a campaign against the re-election of General Antonio Ramalho Eanes, staking his career on the candidacy of General Antonion Soares Carneiro. Dr. Sa Carneiro had played in crucial role in holding together centre-right forces. So his death cannot fail to have an impact on the presidential voting.
Though Dr. Sa Carneiro left no obvious successor, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senhor Diogo Freitas Do Amaral took charge of the government. He ordered a full inquiry in the crash, and appealed for the Portuguese people to stay calm.