TV news anchor dies after helicopter crashes into truck

A news anchor has died after the helicopter he was travelling in crashed into a truck.

An award-winning Brazilian television news anchor died Monday when a helicopter carrying him crashed on one of Sao Paulo’s main highways.

Local television network TV Band says Ricardo Boechat, an award-winning Brazillian presenter, was returning from a university in the city of Campinas when the helicopter crashed into a truck on Monday.

News anchor Ricardo Boechat during a broadcast in 2016. He died in a helicopter crash in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday. Source: TV Band

The pilot also died, police said.

The 66-year-old Boechat anchored TV Band’s main nightly news, as well as hosting a radio program and writing a column for IstoE magazine.

He was also a frequent mediator of presidential debates for his network. 

Boechat had won three of Brazil’s most prestigious journalism awards for his reports on corruption.

He was noted for poking fun at politicians across the political spectrum.

Boechat died when the helicopter he was in hit a truck. Source: AAP

Police Captain Augusto Paiva said the truck driver suffered only minor injuries. 

“The helicopter tried to land on an access road close to a toll station. But then the truck came and they crashed. The fire occurred because of the collision,” Cpt Paiva said.

President Jair Bolsonaro, a frequent target of Boechat’s criticism, expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Boechat left behind six children.

The pilot of the chopper died while the truck driver sustained only minor injuries. Source: AAP

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