Dramatic dashcam video captured the moment a plane piloted by a Romanian billionaire crashed into a building in Italy — killing the 68-year-old, his wife, son and four other people.
Dan Petrescu was flying the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 that was captured Sunday plummeting in flames into an office building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, authorities said.
Among the dead was a toddler who had been baptized earlier in the day, the Sun reported.
The video posted by romaniatv.net captured from a vehicle traveling on a highway shows the aircraft coming down in a near-vertical dive before a fireball erupts at the scene of the impact with the building, which had been undergoing renovations.
Petrescu was traveling with his wife, Regina Dorotea Petrescu Balzat, 65, and son Dan Stefan Petrescu, 30, as well as Filippo Nascimbene, 33, his wife, Claire Alexandrescou, 34, their nearly 2-year-old son, Raphael, and Claire’s mother, Miruna Anca Wanda Lozinschi, according to Corriere della Sera.
Raphael, who was born in January 2020, reportedly had his baptism earlier Sunday.
Italian-born Nascimbene and his wife, a Romanian-born French citizen, were both business executives and friends of the Petrescus, the Sun reported.
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.
Petrescu, who headed a major construction firm and owned a string of big-box stores and malls, was en route from Milan’s Linate Airport to the island of Sardinia when it ran into trouble, the Washington Post reported.
“Why did you deviate? To avoid turbulence?” an air traffic controller asked him, according to the newspaper, which cited a report in Corriere della Sera.
“No,” was the only response.
The black box has been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.