Italy, A plane crashes in Milan with eight people on board

Italy ItalyHe stayed at the top for a couple of minutes. Then the breakdown, the descent, the crash on a building under construction a few meters from the terminus of the San Donato metro, south-eastern outskirts of Milan. The eight people on board had no escape: at least six tourists, including a child, the Romanian pilot, and another crew member.

At the helm of the plane was the owner Dan Petrescu, one of the richest men in Romania. He was 68, a dual citizen of Germany and Romania, and was a significant investor in the real estate sector. He and his wife, Queen Dorotea Balzat Petrescum, 65, of French citizenship, and his thirty-year-old son, Dan Stefan. In addition, an Italian, Filippo Nascimbene, 32-year-old from Pavia, his French wife Claire Alexandrescu, and the one-year-old son of the couple Raphael also lost their lives in the accident.

Petrescu moved Bucharest last Thursday aboard his Pilatus PC12, a single-engine turboprop containing eight passengers he bought in 2015 with another partner, Vova Cohn, a former shareholder of the Dinamo Bucharest football team. He then participated in the child’s baptism, the son of friends of his son Dan Stefan, a researcher in Canada but born in Munich, where the Petrescu family were refugees to escape from the communist regime Ceausescu. Returning to his homeland after 1989, he started investing in the automotive market, especially in the real estate market.

He had large areas and numerous buildings that he began selling to large commercial chains such as Metro and Real, amassing estimated assets of € 3 billion. To the point that his friend Tiriac often referred to him as “the richest man in Romania.” Romanian media today call him “the Shadow billionaire”: a reserved, shy businessman. There is also a luxury home in Sardinia, where his 98-year-old mother was waiting for him among his many purchases. But his plane never reached Olbia. “A devastating impact, we are verifying the static nature of the structure,” Carlo Cardinali, an officer of the fire brigade, said.

ANSV, the National Flight Safety Agency, has opened a safety investigation and ordered the dispatch of an investigator to the site. On the accident, a dossier for culpable disaster, the deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano revealed after the first findings on the accident scene of the black box. “At 50 meters there is the subway stop. Speaking of luck when there is a disaster frankly seems a bit excessive, but let’s say that there were points where, perhaps, it could have had more dramatic consequences.”

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