Italy: “Eight dead” as light plane crashes into empty office building in suburb of Milan



A small private plane crashed near Milan in northern Italy, killing all seven passengers and the pilot, according to Italian media.

The plane, a Pilatus PC-12, crashed in the early afternoon into a vacant two-story office building in San Donato Milanese, a town of around 30,000 people southeast of the capital Lombard.

LaPresse News Agency and other media said there were eight people on board the flight, including a boy.

State TV Rai said the passengers would be French. The pilot was a 30-year-old Romanian, reported the Corriere della Sera.

Firefighters could not be reached immediately to confirm nationalities or the number of people on the plane.

The plane took off from Milan Linate airport bound for Olbia in Sardinia and crashed five minutes after takeoff, catching fire after hitting an empty building under renovation.

The office building, which also houses a bus parking lot, is close to the San Donato metro station, which connects the city to Milan.

“I heard my windows shake,” said Giuseppe, a 26-year-old man living near the scene of the accident, quoted by the Italian agency AGI. “I opened the window and like in the movies I saw a big column of smoke rise and called for help.”

The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine, turboprop business aircraft, which can also be used to carry cargo or up to nine passengers.

The Italian national aviation safety agency has opened an investigation.



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