Chile's ex-president Pinera dies in helicopter crash

Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera died on Tuesday in a helicopter crash. He was 74 years old.

Reuters news agency and other media reported that the helicopter, carrying Pinera and three others, plunged into a lake in southern Chile. Pinera was pronounced dead but the three others survived.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

A native of the capital Santiago, Pinera had led a successful life as a businessperson when he was elected as a senator. He later served two non-consecutive four-year terms as the South American country's president in 2010 and 2018.

During his first term, Pinera tackled the aftermath of a deadly earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 500 lives in 2010.

In the same year, he also oversaw the rescue of 33 workers trapped underneath a local mine.

Pinera visited Minamisanriku Town of Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, which was hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, one year after the disaster.

He is known to have pledged to give a moai, or monumental human statue found in Easter Island, Chile, to the town to replace the one that had been broken in the 2011 disaster. The new statue, carved from volcanic rock on the island, was delivered in 2013.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric has declared three days of national mourning.