Eight dead as small plane crashes into a building in Milan

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A small private plane crashed into an empty building on the outskirts of Milan, northern Italy, on Sunday, killing all eight people onboard, police said.

The plane, which took off from Milan’s Linate city airport, was headed for the island of Sardinia, officials said.

The crash occurred just outside a suburban metro station.

People in the area could hear a blast when the plane collided with the two-story building, which was empty at the time as it was being renovated.

Smoke billows after a small plane crashed over the San Donato Milanese district in Milan, Italy, on Sunday. EPA-EFE/Daniel Dal Zennaro

Flames and smoke shot in the air and several vehicles parked along the street caught fire, witnesses said, but no other casualties were reported.

From initial information, the pilot of the Piper was a German citizen and on board, among the passengers, there was also a French citizen. Areu explains that the identification of the bodies is underway.

Among the victims there is a rich Romanian real estate developer – Dan Petrescu, owner and pilot of the plane that crashed into a building in San Donato Milanese (Milan), was considered one of the richest men in Romania.

He was 68, dual citizens of Germany and Romania, and was a major investor in the real estate sector in his country. Among the victims of his 30-year-old son, Dan Stefan Petrescu, initially indicated at the helm of the plane, born in Munich and also with dual citizenship, and his wife, aged 65, born in Romania with citizenship French. With them 5 other people still to be identified, including the child probably a few years old.

Photo – Firefighters work at the building on which a small private plane crashed into the San Donato Milanese district in Milan, Italy, 03 October 2021. A small private plane crashed into a building in San Donato Milanese district. EPA-EFE/Daniel Dal Zennaro


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