Sebastián Piñera, the previous conservative president of Chile, handed away in a helicopter crash in a lake on Tuesday, 6. The 74-year-old politician’s demise was initially reported by the Chilean newspaper “La Tercera.”
The incident occurred within the metropolis of Lago Ranco, situated within the central area of Chile. Piñera was coming back from a go to to his pal, businessman José Cox, accompanied by three different people.
Authorities sources, as reported on the newspaper’s web site, confirmed that 4 folks had been on board the helicopter, and three had been situated by emergency groups. By the point rescuers arrived, the plane was already submerged within the lake’s waters.
Based on the Argentine newspaper “Clarín,” Piñera was piloting the helicopter and was unable to launch his seatbelt to exit the plane. Two people managed to swim to the shore, whereas a 3rd was rescued within the water utilizing a ship.
Authorities acknowledged that the accident occurred at 2:57 PM native time. Piñera owned a residence within the rural space the place the crash befell, which he used throughout holidays. The helicopter was reported to be privately owned.
Police and rescue groups had been dispatched to the accident website. The climate situations within the area had been opposed on the time of the incident, with heavy rain.
Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou expressed his condolences for Sebastian Piñera’s loss of life, saying:
“I’ve identified President Piñera for a number of years. He has all the time maintained a optimistic perspective in the direction of Uruguay, each professionally and personally. To the Chileans and his household, my condolences.”
Conocí al Presidente Piñera hace varios años. Siempre tuvo una actitud positiva hacia el Uruguay y en lo private. Como muestra basta nombrar su apoyo con la logística ofrecida para la llegada de las vacunas durante la pandemia. A los chilenos y su familia mi pésame. QEPD
— Luis Lacalle Pou (@LuisLacallePou) February 6, 2024