A well-known candidate for Paraguay’s presidency died in a helicopter crash while on the campaign trail, authorities said Sunday.
Retired Gen. Lino Cesar Oviedo died late Saturday night when the helicopter he was traveling in plunged to the ground in western Paraguay, officials said. He was 69. Investigators found the charred helicopter wreckage Sunday morning and discovered that Oviedo, his bodyguard and the chopper’s pilot had perished, Paraguay’s civil aviation authority said.
While authorities said it was unclear what caused the crash, some supporters of Oviedo said the circumstances were suspicious. Oviedo’s sudden death in the heart of campaign season sent shock waves across Paraguay’s political landscape less than three months before the presidential vote.
“We will hire international experts in aerial accidents to investigate what happened in a clear and objective manner,” Paraguayan President Federico Franco said in a written statement.