A child who died with his parents on a plane flown by billionaire Dan Petrescu was baptized just hours earlier, it was reported.
Rafael, aged 18 months, was on the wrecked plane with father Filippo Nascimbine and mother Claire Alexandresco with his mother Miruna Anka Wanda Lozinchi.
Petrescu His wife and son died when a single-engine plane crashed into a subway station in San Donato Milanese.
The 68-year-old was one of Romania’s richest men and was traveling with his 30-year-old son Dan Stephen Petrescu, his wife 65-year-old Regina Petrescu.
Italy-born Nascimbene, 33, and his 34-year-old wife, Romanian-born French passport holders, were both business executives and friends of the Petrescu family.
Rafael was born in January 2020 and was baptized on Sunday morning, Corriere della Sera reports.
The family then went to the airport and to Sardinia to see Petrescu’s 98-year-old mother at the family villa.
But shortly after take-off from Milan’s Linate airport, the plane’s engine caught fire and fell to the ground.
Also on the plane was his son’s Canadian friend, 36-year-old Julian Brossard.
Mrs Petrescu was also a dual-national and held a French passport while her son was working in Canada.
Petrescu, who also had German nationality, headed a major construction firm and owned several hypermarkets and malls, Italian media have reported.
According to the Romanian newspaper Truth, Petrescu was worth 3 billion euros.
The Pilatus PC-12 single engine aircraft took off from the main runway at Linate Airport at 1.04 pm local time but crashed 11 minutes later.
It performed a right-hand turn that would have taken it en route to Olbia in Sardinia, but instead of turning south it turned towards San Donato.
As the plane got out of the way, frantic radio operators at the Linate area control center, which manages traffic in the skies over north-west Italy, asked: “Why did you get distracted? To avoid turbulence?”
“No” is the only word that reportedly came from Petrescu in response.
Within a minute, the plane disappeared from monitors without any May Day indication.
Witnesses said the plane burst into flames and that investigators called it a “vertical fall” 16 seconds before it hit the ground.
Fire tenders reached the spot but the pilot and passengers died on the spot.
Those who witnessed the accident recalled the moment the plane fell from the sky and hit the building, which thankfully was empty.
One named Andrea, 19, Told tgcom.24.: “I saw the plane lost control. I saw it as it crashed. I saw it dive.
“The plane was down. And then there was a lot of smoke, flames in the sky. The pieces were flying. I was so scared.”
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