plane crashed into building in Milan

Eight dead after light plane crashed into Milan office building

By Region News North-west Italy

A single-engined plane crashed into the side of an empty two-storey office building in a Milan suburb on Sunday, killing everyone onboard.

The private plane crashed shortly after take-off from Milan’s Linate airport. It was en-route to Olbia airport on Sardinia. Investigators opened an inquiry.

Thick smoke was visible for several miles. Nearby parked cars caught fire. No one other than those on board was involved.

Romanian businessman aboard

Italian media reported on Sunday night that aboard the plane was real estate tycoon Dan Petrescu, 68, one of Romania’s richest men. He died along with his wife Regina Dorotea and their son Dan Stefano, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. An Italian businessman, Filippo Nascimbene, his wife Claire Stephanie Caroline Alexandrescou, and their young child also died, the reports said.

Petrescu also held German nationality. He amassed his estimated €3billion fortune as head of a major construction firm and ownership of a string of malls and hypermarkets.

Anomaly on radar screen

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

The prosecutor said the plane didn’t send a mayday. The plan was registered in Romania and all aboard were non-Italians, the prosecutor said.

Italian news reports said the pilot, 30, also had German citizenship. The second person identified was a Romanian woman in her 60s who also held French citizenship, the reports said.

Firefighters extinguished the flames at the building, which reportedly was under renovation.

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