A small, single-engine airplane carrying six passengers and two crew crashed Sunday right into a vacant two-story workplace constructing in a Milan suburb, and authorities mentioned all eight individuals aboard died.

Investigators opened a probe into what brought on the non-public airplane to crash shortly after takeoff from Milan’s Linate Airport en path to Olbia Airport on the Italian island of Sardinia. A thick column of darkish smoke rose from the crash web site and was seen for miles. Several parked automobiles close by went up in flames.

Firefighters work on the site of a plane crash, in San Donato Milanese suburb of Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. 

Firefighters work on the location of a airplane crash, in San Donato Milanese suburb of Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. 
(Vigili del Fuoco by way of AP)

Firefighters tweeted that nobody else however these on board had been damage within the early afternoon crash close to a subway station in San Donato Milanese, a small city close to Milan. 

Milan Prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano advised reporters on the scene that the airplane was continuing on its flight till “a certain point, then an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it plunged,” hanging the constructing’s roof. 

Control tower officers reported the anomaly, she mentioned, however additional particulars on that weren’t instantly given.

The prosecutor mentioned the airplane did not ship out any alarm. It was too early to quote any attainable trigger for the crash, Siciliano mentioned, including that the flight recorder has been retrieved.

By early night, solely two of the eight lifeless had been recognized, since they carried paperwork on them, Siciliano mentioned. Those aboard had been “all foreigners,” she mentioned, together with the pilot, who was Romanian. The plane was registered in Romania, the prosecutor mentioned.


Later, the Romanian Foreign Ministry mentioned two Romanians with twin citizenship had been among the many lifeless.

Italian information experiences mentioned the pilot, 30, additionally had German citizenship. A second sufferer was a Romanian lady in her 60s who additionally held French citizenship, the experiences mentioned. 

The experiences mentioned the plane had flown from Bucharest, Romania, to Milan on Sept. 30 with no obvious drawback.

The Italian information company ANSA quoted the nationwide air security company ANSV as saying “the plane hit the building and started burning.” It mentioned the plane was a PC-12, a single-engine, executive-type airplane.

Fire officers mentioned earlier that the plane had crashed into the constructing’s facade. But following additional inspection, the prosecutor mentioned it was obvious that the airplane had struck the roof. 

Firefighters extinguished the flames on the badly charred and gutted constructing, which reportedly was below renovation.