Couple and two daughters, 23 and 18, die in tragic plane crash

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A couple and their two daughters have died after their private plane crashed into a river in Brazil.

The light aircraft crashed in the Macaco River between the municipalities of Roncador and Mato Rico in the southern Brazilian state of Parana on Tuesday morning (local time).

The reason for the crash is unknown.

Valdecy Cruzeiro, Luciana Brito Cruzeiro, Beatriz Brito Cruzeiro and Julia Brito Cruzeiro pictured on a plane.
Valdecy Cruzeiro, wife Luciana Brito Cruzeiro, and daughters Beatriz Brito Cruzeiro and Julia Brito Cruzeiro were all killed in the plane accident. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

But a thunderstorm that hit the region about 7am on the day of the crash is suspected to have caused the accident.

The pilot has been named as hardware store owner Valdecy Cruzeiro who lived in the municipality of Goioere in the same state.

His friends told local media he had been flying regularly for more than 20 years.

His wife, Luciana Brito Cruzeiro, and their daughters, 23-year-old Beatriz Brito Cruzeiro and 18-year-old Julia Brito Cruzeiro, also died in the accident.

Victims Valdecy Cruzeiro, Luciana Brito Cruzeiro, and daughters Beatriz Brito Cruzeiro and Julia Brito Cruzeiro.
Mr Cruzeiro bought the plane in September this year. Pictured are Valdecy Cruzeiro, Luciana Brito Cruzeiro, and their daughters, Beatriz Brito Cruzeiro and Julia Brito Cruzeiro. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Daughter posts haunting final videos online

According to the police, the single-engine aircraft took off from Goioere in the morning and was destined for the Parana coast. It was due to land in the municipality of Paranagua about 9am.

One of the couple’s daughters posted two Boomerang video loops on social media shortly after boarding the small plane about 6.30am.

Pictured is the wreckage of the plane in the water.
According to the Brazilian Aeronautical Registry, the aircraft was a Cessna 177B, which has a capacity of three people. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

According to the Brazilian Aeronautical Registry, the aircraft was a Cessna 177B, which has a capacity of three people.

It belonged to Mr Cruzeiro who bought the plane in September this year. It was believed to be well-maintained and airworthy.

The bodies of the deceased will undergo an autopsy as part of the ongoing investigation into the crash.

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