ROME — A small private plane carrying six passengers and a crew of two crashed Sunday into a vacant, two-story office building in a Milan suburb, and Italian news reports said all aboard perished.
The LaPresse news agency initially quoted firefighters at the scene saying the pilot and all five passengers aboard were killed. But later LaPresse and other media said eight people were aboard the flight, including a boy.
RAI state TV said the passengers were believed to be French.
Fire officials couldn't immediately be reached to confirm the number of people aboard the plane or their nationalities.
Firefighters tweeted 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 said several cars that were set ablaze in a nearby parking lot appeared to be unoccupied at the time.
A thick column of dark smoke rose from the crash site and was visible for miles.
Firefighters were extinguishing the flames of the charred building, which reportedly was under renovation.