Brazilian crash

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Ulisses Guimaraes, a veteran politician who was a vocal opponent of military rule in Brazil from 1964 to 1985, and supported the resolution last month in the Chamber of Deputies that resulted in the impeachment of President Fernando Collor de Mello, has died in a helicopter crash. He was 76.

The Ecureuil helicopter disappeared late on Monday at sea shortly after taking off in bad weather from Angra Dos Reis, between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, said the Aviation Ministry. Also on the helicopter were Mrs Guimaraes, a former cabinet minister, Severo Gomes, his wife and the pilot.