Milan plane crash: Billionaire, 68, killed alongside wife, son and five others

Eight people have been confirmed after the plane crashed into an office building in the suburbs of Milan, Italy on Sunday

The plane crashed after getting off the main Milan Linate runway at 1:04 p.m. just 11 minutes earlier. started (

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A Romanian billionaire was named as one of the victims when a private airliner carrying six passengers and two crew members crashed into an office building in suburban Milan.

Dan Petrescu, 68, was among eight people who died when the small single-engine plane flew into the vacant two-story building near a subway station in San Donato Milanese on Sunday.

The crash occurred shortly after the plane took off from Linate Airport in Milan en route to Olbia Airport on the Italian island of Sardinia.

By early Sunday evening, only two of the eight dead had been identified because they were carrying documents, Italian officials said. Everyone on board the plane was “foreigner”, including the pilot who was Romanian.

The aircraft was registered in Romania and was a single-engine turboprop business jet that can also be used to carry cargo or up to nine passengers.

Firefighters work in the building where a small private plane crashed in Milan’s San Donato Milanese district


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Later on Sunday, the Romanian Foreign Ministry confirmed that two Romanians with dual citizenship were among the dead.

According to Italian news reports, the pilot was also a national and a second victim was a Romanian woman in her 60s who was also a French national.

One of the victims was Mr. Petrescu, a large real estate developer, Rai News reports. The Italian news channel said Mr Petrescu had dual Romanian and German citizenship and was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

According to the Romanian newspaper, he has been described as “one of the richest men in Romania” with a value of around 3 billion euros The truth.

The plane, some cars and the building were on fire as a result of the crash


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Other news platforms have named his son, 30-year-old Dan Petrescu, who is a Romanian-German citizen, as the pilot at the time.

It was also reported that the wife of Mr Petrescu, 65, a dual Romanian and French citizen, died in the crash along with five unidentified people, including a young boy.

Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told reporters at the scene that the plane continued its flight until “at some point an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it crashed” and hit the roof of the building.

She said the plane did not send an alarm, noting it was too early to reveal a possible cause for the crash, adding that the flight recorder had been checked.

Eight people were killed in the crash, including six passengers and two crew members


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The Petrescu family were on their way to their villa in Olbia, where Mr Petrescu’s 98-year-old mother was waiting for them Corriere della Sera.

According to the Romanian press, Dan Petrescu, a researcher in Canada, had arrived in Italy with a few friends, his one-year-old son and grandmother.

The newspaper said Mr Petrescu bought the plane in 2015 together with Vova Cohn, a former shareholder of Dinamo Bucharest football club.

Witnesses reported that several parked cars went up in flames when clouds of smoke shot into the sky around 1 p.m. local time after the impact, and photos show debris scattered across the small town’s crime scene.

Fire brigade, police and emergency vehicles on site



Rescue workers rushed to the chaotic scene, but none of the passengers could be rescued.

Firefighters tweeted on Sunday that no one was involved except those on board and that the vehicles that had been set on fire were unoccupied.

A thick, dark column of smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for several miles.

“I saw the plane crash and crash there,” said 19-year-old eyewitness Andrea, shocked.

The teenager explained how he quickly called his friends after hearing loud noises before seeing pieces of metal spraying across the street.

The office building is still under construction and was empty at the time of the crash.

Carlo Cardinali, an officer in the Milan fire department, said: “The plane hit the building on the facade with an extremely violent impact.

“The pilot made a turn so he noticed an anomaly.”

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