A plane crashed into a two-story office building in the Milan suburb, killing all eight people, including a family.
Dan Petrescu, 68, his wife and son died when a single-engine plane crashed into a subway station in San Donato Milanese.
Romanian billionaire traveling with his son Dan Stephen Petrescu, 30, his wife Regina Petrescu, 65, and family friends osphorp.
Mrs Petrescu also held a dual national and fully a French passport while her son was working in Canada.
His plane was en route to the island of Sardinia to meet Mr. Petrescu’s 98-year-old mother at the family villa.
According to the Romanian newspaper Truth, Petrescu was a property tycoon worth 3 billion euros, and owned two chains of supermarkets.
Firefighters arrived at the scene but the pilot and passengers – including a boy – died on the spot.
Eyewitnesses have 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.”
Emergency personnel said several cars in a nearby parking lot were set on fire, but the vehicles were apparently empty at the time.
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.
“The plane hit the front of the building with extremely violent impact,” said Carlo Cardinelli of the Milan Fire Brigade.
“The pilot took a turn, so he noticed some discrepancy.”
A thick column of black smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles around the site
Firefighters were extinguishing the fire at the now-burnt building, which was reportedly being refurbished.
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