The plane, which took off from Milan’s Linate city airport, flew to Sardinia, officials said. Flames and smoke shot into the air, and several vehicles parked along the street caught fire
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A small plane crashed in a building outside of Milan, killing all eight people on board.
The plane, which took off from Milan’s Linate city airport, flew to Sardinia, officials said.
Flames and smoke pelted the air and several vehicles parked along the street caught fire, according to witness statements.
The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m. today in front of a suburban metro station in Firefighters at the scene of the accident in San Donato Milanese near Milan.
Italian newspaper The Republic reports that the victims were six French tourists, including a child, a Romanian pilot and another crew member.
No other casualties were reported.
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A 19-year-old witness named Andrea said, “I saw the plane crash and crash there.”
He said he called his friends because he was scared after hearing a loud noise and seeing pieces of iron everywhere.
The building hit by the light aircraft was under construction and caught fire after the crash.
Nobody lived in the building, reported Italian media.
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Rescue workers, including ambulances, fire brigade and police, rushed to the scene of the accident, but none of the passengers could be rescued.
According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and several Romanian media outlets, the pilot was 30-year-old Dan Petrescu.
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.”
The remains of the aircraft are scattered across a large area around the crash site.