Video captures deadly private jet crash that killed brother of Brazil billionaire and his family


Shocking footage captures moment private jet carrying brother of Brazil billionaire and his family crashes in ball flame in Sao Paulo field – killing him, his wife and their three adult children

  • A family-of-five and two pilots were killed Tuesday after jet crashed near Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil
  • The private aircraft crashed into a eucalyptus farm 15 seconds after taking off
  • The victims were identified as Celso Silveira Mello Filho, 73 and his wife Maria Luiza Meneghel, 71 
  • Their three children Celso Meneghel Silveira Mello, 46; ​​Camila Meneghel Silveira Mello Zanforlin, 48; and Fernando Meneghel Silveira Mello, 46, were killed
  • Pilot Elias Carloni, 39, and co-pilot, Giovanni Dedini Gullo, 24, were also among the victims
  • The Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents recovered the flight recorder and is in charge of investigating the incident


Surveillance cameras captured the tragic moment a private jet crashed in Brazil and exploded, killing all seven passengers on board, including a father-of-three whose billionaire brother is the owner of an energy company.

The Piracicaba Fire Department said the aircraft took off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, São Paulo, and was headed to Pará when it crashed approximately at 9am local time Tuesday.

A bystander near the runway recorded the twin-engine plane model King Air B200 going down the runway before it plummeted about 15 seconds later.

The jet crashed in a eucalyptus farm near the São Paulo State Faculty of Technology. 

Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents has yet to provide a motive for the jet crash that killed all seven people on board, including a family-of-five, Tuesday in Piracicaba, Brazil

Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents has yet to provide a motive for the jet crash that killed all seven people on board, including a family-of-five, Tuesday in Piracicaba, Brazil

Still image of a video shows the moment the jet is about to crash just 15 seconds after it had taken off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil on Tuesday morning

Still image of a video shows the moment the jet is about to crash just 15 seconds after it had taken off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil on Tuesday morning

Maria Luiza Meneghel (left) and Celso Silveira Mello Filho (center) were among the seven people killed in Tuesday morning's jet crash in Brazil. Their three children also perished in the accident. The family was traveling from Piracicaba, São Paulo to their farm in Redenção, Pará where they were going to vacation for the week. Celso Silveira Mello Filho was a shareholder of Brazilian energy giant Cosan SA. His billionaire brother Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello is the chairman of the company

Maria Luiza Meneghel (left) and Celso Silveira Mello Filho (center) were among the seven people killed in Tuesday morning’s jet crash in Brazil. Their three children also perished in the accident. The family was traveling from Piracicaba, São Paulo to their farm in Redenção, Pará where they were going to vacation for the week. Celso Silveira Mello Filho was a shareholder of Brazilian energy giant Cosan SA. His billionaire brother Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello is the chairman of the company

 The victims were identified as Celso Silveira Mello Filho, 73; his wife Maria Luiza Meneghel, 71; and their three children, Celso Meneghel Silveira Mello, 46; ​​ Camila Meneghel Silveira Mello Zanforlin, 48; and Fernando Meneghel Silveira Mello, 46.

The pilot ​​Celso Elias Carloni, 39; and his co-pilot, Giovanni Dedini Gullo, 24, were also killed in the accident.

Brazilian news outlet G1 reported that the family was headed to spend the week at a farm they owned in the Pará city of Redenção.

A cloud of smoke is captured by a security camera after a jet with seven people on board crashed moments after taking off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil on Tuesday

A cloud of smoke is captured by a security camera after a jet with seven people on board crashed moments after taking off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil on Tuesday

Fernando Meneghel Silveira Mello (right) was one of the five family members killed when the jet crashed Tuesday. The pilot and co-pilot were also killed

Fernando Meneghel Silveira Mello (right) was one of the five family members killed when the jet crashed Tuesday. The pilot and co-pilot were also killed

Celso Meneghel Silveira Mello was killed along with his father, mother, twin brother and sister in a private jet crash Tuesday near Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil. He won three autocross competitions in Brazil

Celso Meneghel Silveira Mello was killed along with his father, mother, twin brother and sister in a private jet crash Tuesday near Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, Brazil. He won three autocross competitions in Brazil

Celso Silveira Mello Filho was the president of CSM Agropecuária and also a shareholder of Cosan.  His brother, company chairman Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello, was recognized by Forbes in 2013 as one of the world’s ten “greenest” billionaires due to his firm’s production of clean energy. 

The company is considered one of the world’s top producers and processors in sugarcane and ethanol.

His son Fernando Meneghel Silveira Mello represented Brazil in shooting competitions at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. His twin brother Celso Meneghel Silveira Mello won three autocross competitions in Brazil in 2011, 2012 and 2017.

Still image of the private jet going cruising down the runway before it crashed about 15 seconds after it took off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, São Paulo

Still image of the private jet going cruising down the runway before it crashed about 15 seconds after it took off from Pedro Morganti Municipal Airport in Piracicaba, São Paulo

First responders were able to locate the bodies – all of which were burned.

The Brazilian Air Force’s Center for Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents is investigating the accident. 

Investigators were able to recover the jet’s black box and also removed several parts of the burned aircraft, TV Globo affiliate EPTV reported.

Brazilian news outlet G1 reported that jet’s last scheduled maintenance was recorded  23 August. 

 

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