• Short Summary

    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).

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE2T8KN7W4PSFVUE196KKKWJD7
    Media URN:
    VLVAE2T8KN7W4PSFVUE196KKKWJD7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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