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A Romanian billionaire has been cited as one of the victims killed when a private airliner carrying six passengers and two crew members crashed into an office building on the outskirts of Milan.
Dan Petrescu, 68, his wife and son were among eight people who died on Sunday when the small single-engine plane crashed into the vacant two-story building near a metro station in San Donato Milanese.

The accident happened shortly after the plane took off from Milan Linate Airport to Olbia Airport on the Italian island of Sardinia.

By early Sunday evening, only two of the eight dead had been identified as they carried documents with them, Italian officials said. All the passengers on the plane were “foreigners”, including the pilot who was Romanian.

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








Firefighters work in the building that a small private plane crashed into in the San Donato Milanese district of Milan
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Later Sunday, the Romanian Foreign Ministry confirmed that two Romanians with dual nationality were among the dead.

Italian reports indicated that the pilot also had nationality and that a second victim was a Romanian woman in her sixties who also held French nationality.

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

He has been described as being “considered one of the richest men in Romania” worth around 3 billion euros, according to the Romanian newspaper Adevarul.








The plane, some cars and the building were on fire as a result of the accident
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Other news platforms named his son, Dan Petrescu, 30, who has dual Romanian and German nationality, as a pilot at the time.

It was also reported that Mr Petrescu’s wife, 65, who had dual Romanian and French nationality, also 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 to fly up to “a certain point and then an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it plunged”, hitting the roof of the building.

She said the plane did not send any alarms and noted that it was too early to name a possible cause for the crash, adding that the flight recorder had been recovered.








Eight people were reportedly killed in the crash, including six passengers and two crew members
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The Petrescu family was on their way to their villa in Olbia where Mr. Petrescu’s 98-year-old mother was waiting for them, according to the Corriere della Sera.

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

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

Witnesses described seeing several parked cars burst into flames as plumes of smoke rose into the sky after impact around 1 p.m. local time, and photos show debris strewn across the scene in the small town.








Firefighters, police and emergency vehicles on site
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Emergency teams rushed to the chaotic scene, but none of the passengers could be saved.

Firefighters tweeted on Sunday that no one other than those on board was involved and that the burned vehicles were unoccupied.

A thick column of black smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for several kilometers.

“I saw the plane melt and then crash over there,” said shocked eyewitness Andrea, 19.

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

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

Carlo Cardinali, a firefighter from Milan, said: “The plane struck the building on the facade, with an extremely violent impact.

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

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