UPDATE 3-Senior Bradesco executive killed in Brazil plane crash
(Adds bank statement, background on Rossi's career)
By Guillermo Parra-Bernal, Tatiana Bautzer and Jeb Blount
SAO PAULO Nov 11 (Reuters) - Marco Antonio Rossi, the top executive at the insurance arm of Brazil's second-largest private-sector lender Banco Bradesco SA, was killed in a plane crash, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.
Rossi, 54, was aboard a Cessna Citation VII jet traveling from Brasilia to São Paulo when it crashed on Tuesday evening in central Brazil.
According to two sources who were briefed on the matter, Rossi met several government officials on Tuesday, before returning to São Paulo in the Cessna plane, which belonged to Bradesco.
Lúcio Flávio de Oliveira, who led Bradesco Seguros' life insurance and retirement business, and the plane's two pilots were also killed in the accident, the statement added.
The Brazilian Air Force said the plane disappeared from radar on Tuesday evening near the border between the states of Goias and Minas Gerais, and probably crashed at around 8 p.m. local time (2200 GMT). Rossi was seen as the most likely successor to Luiz Carlos Trabuco, chief executive officer of Banco Bradesco .
"They were recognized for their talent, competence and enthusiasm at work, fraternal relations with their teams and total dedication to their families, having carried out brilliant careers," the statement said.
Rossi replaced Trabuco as head of Bradesco Seguros when Trabuco was tapped for the top job at the bank in 2009. Under Bradesco rules, executives must retire at the age of 65. Trabuco will turn 65 in October 2016. Continuación...