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Romanian billionaire among eight dead in plane crash in Italy

Christian Fernsby |
A Romanian billionaire was killedlong with his wife, son and five other peoplewhen the plane he was piloting crashed into a building in Italy on Sunday, local media reported.

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Petrescu headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls.

The billionaire’s wife, their son Dan Stefano, and a child were also among the eight people aboard the plane that died in the wreck, according to Corriere and the AGI news agency.

Dan Petrescu, 68, one of the richest men in his home country, was operating a single-engine Pilatus PC 12 that was seen in flames before it slammed into an office building undergoing renovations in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, authorities said.

The fatal wreck took place minutes after the plane took off from Milan’s Linate airport at about 1 p.m., according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

The plane’s black box has been recovered, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported, citing Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano.


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