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Woman gives birth on Milan metro platform

A woman unexpectedly went into labour and gave birth on a Milan metro platform on Monday evening.

Woman gives birth on Milan metro platform
The woman gave birth on a platform of Milan's metro. Photo: Ian Fisher

The woman, said to be in her early twenties, went into labour immediately after getting off a train at Molino Dorino station, La Repubblica reported.

The woman, who had been travelling on the metro with her husband, reportedly had to steady herself as she got off the train, before her waters broke.

Medical staff were quickly on the scene and within ten minute she gave birth to a baby girl.

The mother and baby were taken to Sacco hospital and are reportedly doing fine.

A number of other emergency births have occurred on underground networks around the world, although the event is still rare.

Three have taken place on the London Underground in its 151-year history, the first in 1924 and the latter two within the space of a few months in 2009.

In 2013, a woman gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of L’Enfant (meaning ‘child’ in French) Plaza metro station in Washington D.C.

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MILAN

Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

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

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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