Helicopter Carrying Brazil's Senate President Crashes; No Injuries Reported

A helicopter carrying Brazil's Senate President Renan Calheiros crashed just before landing Saturday morning, but none of the four people aboard were injured, his spokesman said.

A candidate for governor in the northeastern state of Alagoas, Teotonio Vilela, also was in the helicopter when it crashed in the city of Arapiraca, some 1150 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.

"It was just a scare," Calheiros' spokesman Douglas de Felice said. "There was damage to the helicopter but everyone walked out of it unharmed."

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Felice said the helicopter had technical difficulties about 32 feet above the ground as it prepared to land in Arapiraca.

Brazilians go to the polls on Sunday to elect the president, governors for all 26 states and the federal district, all 513 federal deputies of the lower house and 27 of the 81 senate seats.

The incident happened a day after a a Gol airlines jet carrying 155 people crashed into the Amazon jungle. Officials said survivors were unlikely in that incident.