A PLANE has crashed into a two-story office building in a Milan suburb killing all eight people on board – including a family.
Dan Petrescu, 68, his wife and son all died when the single engine plane plummeted into a subway station in San Donato Milanese.
The Romanian billionaire had been travelling with his son Dan Stefan Petrescu, 30, his wife Regina Petrescu, 65, and family friends according to Awsforwp.
Mrs Petrescu was also a dual-national and helf a French passport, while her son had been working in Canada.
Their plane was on its way to the island of Sardinia to visit Mr Petrescu's 98-year-old mother at the family villa.
According to the Romanian newspaper Adevarul, Petrescu was a property tycoon worth 3 billion euros, and owned two chains of supermarkets.
Firefighters rushed to the scene but the pilot and passengers – who included a boy – died at the scene.
Witnesses have recalled the moment the plane plummeted out of the sky and smashed into the building, which was thankfully empty .
One named as Andrea, 19, told tgcom.24.: "I saw the plane lose control. I saw it just as it crashed. I saw it dive.
"The plane was low. And then there was a lot of smoke, flames in the sky. Pieces were flying. I was very scared."
Emergency workers said several cars in a nearby parking lot were set ablaze, but apparently the vehicles were unoccupied at the time.
The Pilatus PC-12 single engine plane took off from the main runway at Linate airport at 1.04pm local time but crashed 11 minutes later.
It performed a right hand turn that would have taken it on its route toOlbia in Sardinia but instead of heading south it went towards San Donato.
"The plane hit the building on the facade, with an extremely violent impact," said Carlo Cardinali from Milan fire brigade.
“The pilot made a turn, so he noticed some anomaly.”
A thick column of dark smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles around the site
Firefighters were extinguishing the flames of the now-charred building, which reportedly was under renovation.
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