The fall of the small plane that crashed in San Donato Milanese on Sunday lasted sixteen seconds. The control tower tried in vain to understand what happened on board.
In the aftermath of the air crash which killed eight people on Sunday near Milan, the investigation is continuing to determine the causes of the tragedy. At 1:07 p.m., three minutes after takeoff, the Pilatus PC-12 deviated from its path and began to lose 25-30 meters of altitude per second. According to “Corriere della Sera”, the control tower had a last exchange with the pilot just before the accident: “Why did you deviate? To avoid turbulence? ” wanted to know an air traffic controller. The Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu would then have responded by evoking a “small deviation”, without giving details. He then allegedly asked to return to the airport.
The aircraft disappeared from the screens without having emitted a “mayday” and crashed after falling for sixteen seconds. At the time of the drama, reports indicated drizzle, light wind and low clouds. According to the experts, we can not exclude neither a malaise of the pilot nor a disorientation in the middle of the clouds. Another hypothesis concerns the engine, which could be “blocked”. The information drawn from the black box should provide invaluable information to investigators.
Eight people died in the tragedy. Dan Petrescu, 68, was one of the richest men in Romania. He was taken away with his wife Dorotea, 65, and their son Dan Stefano, 30. Filippo, a 32-year-old Italian, his wife Claire Stephanie and their child Rafael are also among the victims. Miruna, who was Claire’s mother, and Julien, a 35-year-old friend of Dan Stefano, also lost their lives. The group had met hours before the crash for a few names of little Rafael, one and a half years old.