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Plane Crash Kills Rock Band Mamonas Assassinas, Staff and Pilots

March 3, 1996

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Fans lined up ten-deep outside a morgue Sunday to mourn one of Brazil’s hottest rock bands, whose members were killed when their private plane crashed into a mountainside.

All five members of the band, Mamonas Assassinas, two assistants, and the pilot and co-pilot were killed Saturday when a chartered Lear jet crashed outside Sao Paulo. There were no survivors.

The band was returning from a sold-out concert Saturday in Brasilia and was to fly Sunday to Portugal to work on a second album. Their first album, ``Mamonas Assassinas,″ sold 1.9 million copies since its release last year.

So many fans gathered outside a roped-off morgue in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, that troops were sent in to keep order. Other fans lined the streets and waved white handkerchiefs from apartment windows as ambulances carrying the bodies drove by. Some wore black armbands.

Brazilian radio and television stations carried live reports along the route and at the morgue Sunday, just as they had done as troops and firemen pulled the bodies from the wreckage at the crash site.

In Guarulhos, a town just outside Sao Paulo where band got their start, the city council planned an all-night vigil around the band members’ coffins. Thousands of fans lined up at the city council building Sunday to be the first to bid farewell. Funeral services were set for Monday.

The cause of the crash was not determined. The jet hit a mountain in the Serra da Cantareira range moments after traffic control at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport gave the pilot approval to begin landing.

Appealing mainly to teen-agers, Mamonas Assassinas used raunchy lyrics to promote a youthful image. Band members killed in the crash were Alexander Alves, 24; Julio Rasec, 27; Samuel Reoli, 22; his brother Sergio, 26; and Bento Hinoto, 25.

The band had given 160 concerts in the last six months, and their hit songs _ ``Animal World,″ ``Naked in Santos,″ and ``Gay Robocop″ _ have been radio standards here for months.

One song, ``The Turnaround,″ about a Portuguese dance, was temporarily banned from the radio last month because of anatomical references a federal agency considered obscene.

Distraught parents called radio stations Sunday, asking how to deal with their children.

``My kids have locked themselves in their room, crying and listening to the Mamonas. These are my kids’ idols; what do I say?″ asked Carla Lima Santos, a mother of four.

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