Milan plane crash: Devastation as fire crews put out the flames
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The accident happened near an underground station in San Donato Milanese, a small town near Milan earlier this afternoon, Italian authorities said. The plane has taken off from Milan’s Linate city airport and was headed for the island of Sardinia, officials said.
Firefighters at the scene initially said that the pilot and all five passengers aboard were killed.
It was later reported by local media outlet LaPresse that there were eight people aboard the flight, including a boy.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that the victims were six French tourists, one of whom was a child, a Romanian pilot and another crew member.
No other casualties have been reported.
Italian authorities said several cars in a nearby parking lot were set ablaze, but apparently the vehicles were unoccupied at the time.
People in the area could hear a blast when the plane collided with the two-story building, which was empty at the time because it was being renovated.
Flames and smoke shot in the air and several vehicles parked along the street caught fire, witnesses said.
No other casualties were reported, Reuters reported.
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Carlo Cardinali, an officer of the Milan fire brigade, said: “The plane hit the building on the facade, with an extremely violent impact.
A 19-year-old witness named Andrea said: “I saw the plane swoop down and then crash there.”
He said he called his friends as he got scared after hearing a loud noise and seeing pieces of iron everywhere.
“The pilot made a turn, so he noticed some anomaly.”
Debris from the plane is scattered over a large area and the clean up operation continues, Italian authorities said.
They added that they have launched an investigation into the incident to establish the causes of the crash.
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