Eight People Killed in Plane Crash in Milan

A small private plane crashed into an empty office building in Milan on Oct. 3, killing all eight people on board.

The aircraft was carrying six passengers, including a one-year-old boy, and two crew members when it crashed into a building near a subway station in the industrial suburb of San Donato Milanese.

Firefighters said that no one else was involved in the crash, adding that the crash set several unoccupied parked cars in a nearby parking lot on fire.

The Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera identified the pilot as 68-year-old Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, whose 65-year-old wife and 30-year-old son were also on board the plane.

The Italian newspaper also reported that the aircraft had just taken off only 11 minutes earlier, at 1:04 p.m. local time, from Milan’s Linate airport bound to Olbia Airport on the Italian island of Sardinia.

The National Aviation Safety Agency has opened an investigation into the cause of the crash.

The plane was proceeding on its flight until “a certain point, then an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it plunged”, striking the building’s roof,” Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano said.

Siciliano further said that control tower officials reported the anomaly, but the plane did not send out an alarm.

Witnesses said the plane was already on fire before it crashed into the building, which was under renovations.

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