Adelino Amaro da Costa

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Born18 April 1943
Algés, Portugal
Died4 December 1980 (Age 37)
Camarate, Portugal
Alma materTechnical University of Lisbon
Victim of1980 Camarate air crash
PartyCDS – People's Party, (CDS-PP)
Portuguese Minister of Defence who died in the 1980 Camarate air crash.

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In office
3 January 1980 - 4 December 1980
Assassinated in office

Adelino Amaro da Costa was Portuguese Minister of Defence when he died on 4 December in the 1980 Camarate air crash, now widely considered to be an assassination by the cabal.

He was interested in the 1980 October Surprise, and reportedly had conclusive evidence.[citation needed]


Like his father he was also a civil engineer by training from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon.

After the Carnation Revolution, he founded, together with Diogo Freitas do Amaral, the right-wing Democratic and Social Centre (CDS), in which he became Deputy to the Assembly of the Republic and Minister.

After the victory of the Democratic Alliance, a coalition between the Social Democrats, the Popular Monarchists and his own party, in the 1980 Portuguese legislative election, he became the first civilian Defence Minister since the Carnation Revolution on 3 January 1980.

He died in the 1980 Camarate air crash, together with his wife Maria Manuel Simões Vaz da Silva Pires, the Prime Minister Francisco de Sá Carneiro and Sá Carneiro's partner, Snu Abecassis, while heading to Porto to take part in a rally for the 1981 Portuguese presidential election.