Man Hijacks Plane, Kills Self And Daughter

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A man convinced a pilot Thursday to take himself and his 5-year-old daughter on an aerial sightseeing tour, but forced the pilot out at gunpoint on the runway, prior to takeoff in Brazil. At that point, Kleber Barosa da Silva took control of the aircraft. Da Silva, who was being sought for his alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl, then flew the aircraft for more than an hour. Local TV networks would later broadcast video of the aircraft after an air force aircraft found it and formed up loosely on its wing. In the end, Da Silva, 31, crashed the aircraft into a mall's parking lot in Goiana, Brazil, killing himself and his daughter. It is not known if that was his intent, if he was aiming for the mall, or if the aircraft simply ran out of fuel.

Earlier that day, Da Silva had argued with his wife, before forcing her out of a moving car and driving his daughter to the airport in Luziania, where the incident's deadly second act began would begin. Police described Da Silva's flight as erratic, and Manoel Borges, the police commander in charge of the investigation told Reuters, "by our reading of what happened and his psychological state" his intent "was to smash into the shopping center."