Written by By Hannah Smith, CNN
Legendary Brazilian music producer and singer Marília Mendonça, a well-known collaborator of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, was among the fatalities in a plane crash near Santo Antonio de Pera, near Curitiba, Brazil.
According to Brazilian media, the ill-fated plane, operated by private air carrier BRD Air, went down near the city of Laoag, northeast of Curitiba, with 45 people on board.
News of the crash came as fans came to terms with the loss of singer Dolores Ochoa, also a frequent collaborator of Ochoa’s.
The plane had departed from Rapaco, around 150 miles southeast of the city of Santo Antonio de Pera, officials from the Bolivian aviation authority AFAD said in a statement.
The plane was a Bell 407 four-seater transport, official said, which was on the registry of Air Bancho. It is believed that the plane went down about 11.35 a.m. local time.
Comments on social media indicated that the plane left Rapaco around 10 a.m. local time and was due to arrive in Laoag at 11.45 a.m. local time.
A photograph circulated on social media appeared to show the crash site. It shows the remains of what appears to be a small plane with parts of the fuselage scattered over a large area.
An official from the Brazilian air force, Lieutenant Colonel Marcio Bento Veloso, confirmed to local media that the plane went down in “unexplained circumstances.”
In a series of Twitter posts, the air force confirmed the crash but did not give the names of the deceased, pending formal notification.
“A Brazilian Air Force P-3 airplane was in the air flying along the southern coast of the country. Due to an accident the airplane was forced to land at Santa Cruz. No one is injured. Not yet known of the passengers that were on board,” read a tweet from Brazil’s air force account.
“Brazilian Air Force P-3 airplane in the air flying along the southern coast of the country. Due to an accident the airplane was forced to land at Santa Cruz. No one is injured. Not yet known of the passengers that were on board,” read another tweet.
“A flight on a private plane that took off from Rapaco in Bolivia crashed in some place approximately 19-20 miles from the city of Laoag (Bolivia),” said a further tweet from the air force account.