ROM (AP) – A small single-engine plane carrying six passengers and a crew of two crashed into an empty two-story office building in suburban Milan on Sunday, and authorities said all eight people on board died.
A Romanian billionaire and his family members were reportedly on board.
Investigators have opened an investigation to investigate the crash of the private plane shortly after taking off from Milan Linate Airport on its way to Olbia Airport on the Italian island of Sardinia. A thick dark column of smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles. Several cars parked nearby went up in flames.
Firefighters tweeted that no one but the On Board members were involved in the early afternoon accident near a metro station in San Donato Milanese, a small town near Milan.
Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told reporters at the scene that the plane continued its flight until “at some point an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it crashed” and hit the roof of the building.
Control tower officials reported the anomaly, she said, but further details on the matter were not disclosed immediately.
The prosecutor said the plane did not raise an alarm. It was too early to give a possible cause for the crash, Siciliano said, adding that the flight recorder had been accessed.
By early evening, only two of the eight dead had been identified because they were carrying documents with you, Siciliano said. “All foreigners” were on board, she said, including the pilot, who was Romanian. The plane is registered in Romania, she added.
According to Italian news reports, the 30-year-old pilot also had German citizenship. The second person identified was a Romanian woman in her 60s who also held French citizenship, the reports say.
The plane was reported to have flown from Bucharest, Romania to Milan on September 30 with no apparent problems.
The Italian news agency ANSA quoted the national aviation safety authority ANSV as saying “The plane hit the building and started to burn”. The aircraft was said to be a PC-12, a single-engine Executive aircraft.
The fire department previously said the plane crashed into the building’s facade. But after further investigation, the prosecutor said it was evident that the plane hit the roof.
Firefighters put out the flames in the heavily charred and gutted building that was allegedly being renovated.
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