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Peruvian businessman Walter Braedt dies tragically while piloting his small private plane

By Emily Culver

Owner of the Braedt corporation along with surfer, Jose ‘Titi’ de Col, were flying in a small plane that fell and was engulfed in flames near the Central Highway.

Peruvian businessman Walter Braedt dies tragically while piloting his small private plane

Photo by El Comercio

Well-known businessman, Walter Braedt and athlete and surfer, José “Titi” de Col were traveling in a small plane when it crashed near Chicla, a district in Huarochiri. The Braedt family founded and formally owned the Braedt corporation, an important cured meat company in Peru.

The small plane was brought into the country, according to officials on May 23rd and was imported from the United States.

The plane accident occurred when they were nearing Ticlio at kilometer 130 of the Central highway.

Luis Rivera Perez, manager of the Aero-navigation and Airports of Corpac reported to El Comercio that the single motor craft left from an aerodrome in San Bartolo with a destination of San Ramón in Junín.

In terms of the causes of the accident Perez informed Peru 21 that it could have been a mechanical failure. According to eyewitnesses, the plane engulfed in flames before it fell from the air. The accident was first reported by nearby inhabitants who saw the plane flying suspiciously low in the air, heard an explosion and saw smoke.

No matter the speculations, a full investigation is being made into the accident to determine the exact causes of this unexpected tragedy.

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