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Small plane crashes into building in Italy; 8 reported dead

Firefighters work on the site of a plane crash, in the San Donato Milanese suburb of Milan, Italy, on October 3, 2021. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
Firefighters work on the site of a plane crash, in the San Donato Milanese suburb of Milan, Italy, on October 3, 2021. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

A small private plane carrying six passengers and a crew of two crashes into a vacant, two-story office building in a Milan suburb, with Italian news reports saying that all aboard have perished.

The LaPresse news agency initially quotes firefighters at the scene saying that the pilot and all five passengers aboard have been killed. But later, LaPresse and other media say that there were eight people aboard the flight, including a boy.

Rai state TV says that the passengers are believed to be French.

Fire officials can’t immediately be reached to confirm the nationalities or the number of people aboard the plane.

Firefighters tweet that no one other than those aboard were involved in the early afternoon crash near a subway station in San Donato Milanese, a small town near Milan. They say that several cars in a nearby parking lot were set ablaze, but apparently the vehicles were unoccupied at the time.

A thick column of dark smoke rises from the crash site and is visible for kilometers.

Firefighters are extinguishing the flames of the now-charred building, which reportedly was under renovation.

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