Helicopter crash kills Brazil news anchor

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Helicopter crash kills Brazil news anchor Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Ricardo Boechat was described as "a journalist's journalist"

Ricardo Boechat, one of Brazil's best-known journalists, has been killed in a helicopter crash in São Paulo.

The aircraft carrying the 66-year-old news anchor hit a lorry on a busy ring road in the city on Monday morning.

People across Brazil have been posting social media tributes to Mr Boechat, who was an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster with Bandeirantes, or Band.

Breaking the news live on TV, a colleague said it was "a very sad moment for Brazilian journalism".

Mr Boechat had finished recording the popular morning radio show Café com Jornal just hours before the incident.

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He was travelling from Campinas, near São Paulo, when the helicopter came down on the motorway at 12:14 local time (14:14 GMT).

The pilot and the co-pilot are also believed to be have died. The driver of the lorry was rescued by paramedics.

Writing on social media, fellow journalists described him as "a journalist's journalist", praising his down-to-earth approach and "impactful" reporting.

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Even though Boechat was the main anchor of a national news channel seen all over the country, he was happiest taking off the makeup and doing radio. Why? Because he was a journalists journalist. pic.twitter.com/vyHOxEYgXD

Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) February 11, 2019Report

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Skip Twitter post by @manuoumacedo

Today, Brazil lost one of its greatest journalists, Ricardo Boechat, after the helicopter he was in crashed in São Paulo. My heart is heavy as I extend my deepest condolences to his family. I am forever thankful for the impactful work he has done and the legacy he leaves behind.

Manu Macedo (@manuoumacedo) February 11, 2019Report

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Others said his death was not just a loss for Band, but for Brazilian journalism.

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O Boechat, gostem ou não das posições dele, era o principal âncora de telejornal da atualidade. Praticamente insubstituível. Autêntico, com personalidade... é uma perda difícil não só pra Band, e sim pro jornalismo nacional

Ricardo S (@RickSouza) February 11, 2019Report

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Band's radio network also tweeted the news, saying that staff felt "profound sadness".

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É com profunda tristeza e consternação que nós, da Rádio BandNews FM, comunicamos a morte do nosso amigo e âncora de todas as manhãs, Ricardo Boechat. pic.twitter.com/McYnqVxujh

Rádio BandNews FM (@radiobandnewsfm) February 11, 2019Report

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Mr Boechat started working as a journalist in the 1970s, beginning his career as a reporter in Rio de Janeiro for the newspaper Diario de Noticias.

Throughout his accomplished career he wrote for a number of well-known Brazilian newspapers, before joining Band as an anchor.

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