Romanian billionaire, seven others killed in plane crash near Milan

A light plane piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and their son and all five others on board, Italian media reported.

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate Airport shortly after 1:00 PM (1100 GMT), bound for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

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It crashed just minutes later in San Donato Milanese, a city southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building under renovation.

Petrescu, 68, was one of the richest men in Romania. He ran a large construction company and owned a series of hypermarkets and shopping centers. He also had German nationality, the newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.

Corriere and the AGI news agency said Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also held French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were murdered, as well as a child.

Milan Mayor Beppe Sala and his San Donato counterpart Andrea Checchi took to the scene.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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