A small, Pilatus PC-12 single-engine plane carrying six passengers and two crew crashed Sunday into a vacant two-story office building in San Donato Milanese, a Milan suburb. The plane had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport and crashed just a few minutes later. The plane hit the building and started burning. All eight on board were killed. A child is also reported to be among those killed. A thick column of dark smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for kilometres. Several parked cars nearby went up in flames.The aircraft was registered in Romania. Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu and his family, being en route to a property in Sardinia, were killed in the crash. He was head of a major construction company and ran a number of malls and supermarkets.
Petrescu (68) and his son (30) also held German citizenship. Witnesses said the engine appeared to have caught fire and the plane dived.”The impact was devastating. (…) So far we have only been able to find one body,” Carlo Cardinali of the Milan fire brigade told said media. Milan Mayor Beppe Sala and his San Donato counterpart Andrea Checchi headed to the scene. The prosecutor said the plane didn’t send out any alarm. The flight recorder has been retrieved. The aviation agency ANSV has opened an investigation.