Former Vale CEO Agnelli killed in Brazil plane crash

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Roger Agnelli, Former CEO of Mining Company Vale, Dies in Plane Crash

SAO PAULO, March 19 (Reuters) - The former chief executive of the world's largest iron ore miner Vale, Roger Agnelli, was among seven people killed when a small plane crashed on Saturday in the northern suburbs of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, O Globo newspaper reported.

Emergency services confirmed to Reuters that the pilot and six passengers were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport of Campo de Marte in Sao Paulo's northern suburbs around 1520 local time.

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Fire fighters put out a fire in a house where a small plane crashed in the northern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19, 2016. Seven people were killed in the accident. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire fighters put out a fire in a house where a small plane crashed in the northern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19, 2016. Seven people were killed in the accident. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire fighters put out a fire in a house where a small plane crashed in the northern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19, 2016. Seven people were killed in the accident. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire fighters put out a fire in a house where a small plane crashed in the northern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19, 2016. Seven people were killed in the accident. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire fighters put out a fire in a house where a small plane crashed in the northern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19, 2016. Seven people were killed in the accident. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire fighters put out a fire in a house where a small plane crashed in the northern suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19, 2016. Seven people were killed in the accident. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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One person on the ground was also injured when the 7-seater CA-9 aircraft slammed into two buildings, but other residents were removed unharmed, a spokesman for the local fire department said.

Weather in Sao Paulo was sunny and clear at the time of the crash.

Records for the National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC) showed the plane was owned by Agnelli, 56, who ran Vale for a decade until 2011, but a spokesman could not confirm the list of passengers.

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Three senior sources in Brazil's business community told Reuters that he was on the plane, but it was not immediately possible to officially confirm this.

Known for his discipline and hot temper, Agnelli clinched Vale's top job in July 2001 after 19 years as an investment banker with Banco Bradesco SA, one of Vale's controlling shareholders.

At the mining giant, he instilled a culture of meritocracy that turned Vale into Brazil's No. 1 exporter for most of last decade.

In 2012, he made a partnership with Brazil's largest investment bank BTG Pactual to create B&A Mineracao, an investment company focused on the mining sector.

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Roger Agnelli, chief executive officer of Vale SA, speaks at a news conference at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Vale SA, the world's biggest iron-ore miner, said it is not planning any more acquisitions because it has enough assets to double its capacity. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Roger Agnelli, chief executive officer of Vale SA, gestures at a news conference at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Vale SA, the world's biggest iron-ore miner, said it is not planning any more acquisitions because it has enough assets to double its capacity. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Roger Agnelli, president and chief executive officer with Cia. Vale do Rio Doce, speaks during a joint news conference with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president, at the Alunorte aluminum refinery in Barcarena, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. Vale, the world's largest iron-ore producer, plans to almost double its output of the raw material used to make steel within four years, more than previously planned. (Photo by Adriano Machado/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The CEO of Brazil's mining giant Vale, Roger Agnelli, answers questions to journalists after a private meeting with Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 19, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio Lima (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Roger Agnelli, chief executive officer of Vale SA, speaks with a reporter following a news conference at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Vale SA, the world's biggest iron-ore miner, said it is not planning any more acquisitions because it has enough assets to double its capacity. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Roger Agnelli, chief executive officer of Vale SA, speaks with a reporter following a news conference at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Vale SA, the world's biggest iron-ore miner, said it is not planning any more acquisitions because it has enough assets to double its capacity. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Roger Agnelli, president and chief executive officer with Cia. Vale do Rio Doce, speaks during a news conference at the Alunorte aluminum refinery in Barcarena, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. Vale, the world's largest iron-ore producer, plans to almost double its output of the raw material used to make steel within four years, more than previously planned. (Photo by Adriano Machado/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Brazilian mining company Vale's president Roger Agnelli speaks during a ceremony with the presence of Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (not pictured), in Barcarena, some 110 km southwest from Para's northern capital Belem, Brazil, on August 14, 2008. Vale opened the world's biggest aluminium factory and announced 12,3 billion dollars of investment in the region to boost the output of several metals. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer and Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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