Dashcam captures a Romanian billionaire's plane diving into building

Dashcam footage captures the moment Romanian billionaire’s plane dives straight down into disused building, killing all eight on board including baby christened earlier that day

  • Grainy dashcam footage shows the terrifying moment a plane crashed in Milan
  • Video shows the plane in a near vertical dive before a fireball appears on impact
  • One of Romania’s richest men 68-year-old Dan Petrescu, his wife and son died
  • Italian Filippo Nascimbene, his wife and their baby son Rafael also lost their lives
  • The two families were brought together for Rafael’s baptism on Sunday morning
  • Investigators recovered the plane’s black box and will review the video for clues 

Dashcam footage has captured the moment a Romanian billionaire’s plane plunged straight down into a disused building, killing all eight on board including a baby christened earlier that day.   

Grainy footage shows the plane plummeting down in a near vertical dive towards buildings on the side of a road in a suburb of Milan.  

The aircraft momentarily disappeared from view before the building erupted in a fireball on impact forcing a thick column of dark smoke into the air. 

The single engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm local time and was headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

But the plane crashed just 11 minutes later in San Donato Milanese, a suburb of Milan, and was already in flames before it went down according to witnesses.  

Investigators said they were cleaning up the footage, published by Corriere, to check for a possible engine fire. 

Petrescu, his wife and his son were all killed, along with 32-year-old Italian native Filippo Nascimbene, his wife and their baby son Rafael whose baptism on Sunday morning had brought the group together just hours before the crash. 

Grainy dashcam footage shows the plane plummeting down in a near vertical dive towards buildings on the side of a road in a suburb of Milan on Sunday, killing everyone onboard

Video shows the aircraft momentarily disappear from view before the building erupts in a fireball on impact forcing a thick column of dark smoke into the air

Firefighters said the blaze spread to several cars in front of the empty building but they were also unoccupied at the time. The plane crashed into an office block

Petrescu, 68, one of Romania’s richest men, headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls.  

His 65-year-old wife Dorotea Petrescu Balzat, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed in the crash.

Meanwhile, Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that Filippo Nascimbene, a 32-year old Italian from Pavia, was killed along with his wife Claire Stephanie Caroline and their baby son Rafael, despite Milanese Prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano initially claiming that only foreigners had died. 

The family were sharing the plane as Dan Stefano Petrescu had attended the baptism of baby Rafael – son of his friend Filippo – who was born in January 2020. 

Miruna Anca Wanda Lozinschi, a Romanian citizen and mother of Claire Stephanie Caroline was also aboard the plane.  

The plane’s black box has been recovered and aviation agency ANSV is now conducting an investigation into the crash. 

This image purports to show the Petrescu family who were all killed in the crash. The plane was piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, 68 (L), and also had his son Dan Stefano, 30 (C), and wife Dorotea Petrescu Balzat, 65 (R) aboard

Filippo Nascimbene, 32, an Italian national (R), was also killed with his wife Claire Stephanie Caroline (L) and their baby son Rafael who had just been baptised

Filippo Nascimbene, 32, was born in Pavia and was a manager at Start Hub Consulting, a Milanese company based in the Maciachini area

Corriere, citing Romanian media, reported that Petrescu’s son worked as a researcher in Canada and had arrived in Italy to attend the baptism of his friend Filippo’s child.

Nascimbene, 32, was born in Pavia and was a manager at Start Hub Consulting, a Milanese company based in the Maciachini area.

‘We are still in disbelief about the tragedy and the death of Filippo,’ said Fabio, a colleague of Filippo’s at Start Hub, to Corriere.

‘On behalf of the whole team, we share the pain of the family for the loss of a friend and a colleague.’

The newspaper said Petrescu bought the plane in 2015 together with Vova Cohn, a former shareholder of the Dinamo Bucharest football club. 

The plane crashed in San Donato Milanese just southeast of Milan on Sunday afternoon, according to aviation agency ANSV, and was already in flames before it crashed according to witnesses.


Firefighters tackle the flames that had spread to several cars in front of the building after the  small plane smashed into an office block

The plane crashed into a two story building and firefighters have said that no-one other than those onboard were involved

Investigators have opened a probe into what caused the private plane to crash just 11 minutes after takeoff from Milan’s Linate Airport en route to Olbia Airport on the island of Sardinia.

A thick column of dark smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles. Several unoccupied cars parked nearby went up in flames.

Firefighters tweeted that no one else but those on board was involved in the early afternoon crash near a subway station in San Donato Milanese, a small town near Milan. 

The building was undergoing renovations but, as it was Sunday, no workers were on site at the time of the crash. 

Siciliano said the plane was proceeding on its flight until ‘a certain point, then an anomaly appeared on the radar screen and it plunged,’ striking the building’s roof.

Control tower officials reported the anomaly, she said, but further details were not immediately given.

A thick column of dark smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles

Pictures show a thick column of dark smoke arising from the crash site as well as extensive debris surrounding the crash site

Remnants of the plane lie near the crash site where the plane came down in San Donato in Milan, northern Italy on Sunday

The plane was a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft (pictured in the stock image above)

Pictured: Carabinieri officers stand on the site of a plane crash, in San Donato Milanese suburb of Milan on Sunday

The prosecutor said the plane did not send out any alarm signal. It was too early to cite any possible cause for the crash, Siciliano said, adding that the flight recorder has been retrieved. 

The reports said the aircraft had flown from Bucharest, Romania, to Milan on September 30 with no apparent problem.

Witnesses told local media that they heard an unusual noise, like a whistle, followed by a loud bang, then saw a fireball when they looked out of the window.  

The Italian news agency ANSA quoted the national air safety agency ANSV as saying ‘the plane hit the building and started burning.’ It said the aircraft was a PC-12, a single-engine, executive-type plane.

Fire officials said earlier that the aircraft had crashed into the building’s facade. But following further inspection, the prosecutor said it was apparent that the plane had struck the roof.

Firefighters extinguished the flames at the badly charred and gutted building, which reportedly was under renovation.

Specialist equipment was used by firefighters on the scene to tackle the blaze that broke out after the plane crashed

Pictured: Italian police stand by as firefighters work at the site of a plane crash, in San Donato Milanese suburb of Milan, Italy

It is thought the plane was heading from Milan’s Linate airport and the Italian island of Sardini

Firefighters and police forces stand next to the impact point of the plane, which took off from the nearby Milan Linate airport

Emergency services and investigators surround the crash site after a small private plane struck an empty building in Italy

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