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Dan Petrescu, 68, was flying a single-engine Pilatus PC-12 that reportedly caught aflame before it crashed into an office building that was being renovated in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, the Washington Post reported, citing multiple foreign outlets. Petrescu was one of the richest men in his country.
Local firefighters said no one other than the passengers on board were involved in the fatal crash. Images from the crash site showed the vacant building coated in soot and ash from the explosion, while several nearby cars were set ablaze and completely destroyed. A thick column of dark smoke was visible from the crash site for miles.
In #Milan Italy, a private plane flying between Milan & italian island #sardinia has crashed into an office building killing all 7 aboard! Being flown by 30yr old Dan Petrescu a #German citizen born in Romania, a property tycoon worth a 3 billion euros!@W0lverineupdate pic.twitter.com/EZoZe0Gowm
— Victor 🇮🇳🇬🇧 (@cool_crusader) October 4, 2021
The plane’s black box has been recovered, according to prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano, Corriere della Sera reported. Siciliano told reporters that the plane did not send out any alerts before the crash, adding that it was too early to cite any possible cause for the incident.
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry later said two Romanians with dual citizenship were among the dead. Italian news reports added that the pilot, 30, had German and Romanian citizenship. Another victim was a Romanian woman in her 60s who also held French citizenship, according to the outlets.
Petrescu was a flight enthusiast whose net worth was estimated at around $3 billion, according to Italian media.
Romanian billionaire, seven others die in plane crash near Milan
A light aircraft 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 aboard, Italian media reported. pic.twitter.com/ydI1UmKZJS
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