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Chile: Former President Pinera dies in helicopter crash

Update : 07 Feb 2024, 11:58

Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has died in a helicopter crash, Interior Minister Carolina Toha confirmed on Tuesday.

The former president's office said that Pinera's body had been recovered.

"It is with deep regret that we announce the death of the former president of the Republic of Chile," Toha said. "He will have all the honors and recognition that he deserves."

The former president's office said: "Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. We are grateful for the massive outpouring of affection we have received during these bitter hours."

Three days of mourning

Chile's current president, Gabriel Boric, declared three days of mourning with a funeral set for Friday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chile's national disaster agency SENAPRAD confirmed a helicopter had crashed in the southern town of Lago Ranco, with one dead and three injured, but gave no details as to who was on board.

Pinera twice served as president. His first stint came between 2010 and 2014, while his second time in office was from 2018 to 2022.


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