Seven kids hurt in Milan classroom accident

Seven children were injured on Thursday when plaster fell from the ceiling at their nursery school in Milan, Italian media reported.

Seven kids hurt in Milan classroom accident
The nursery school was closed while the fire service carried out checks. Nursery school photo: Shutterstock

The young children were hurt in the accident at the Rovani nursery school in Sesto San Giovanni, on the outskirts of Milan.

A three-year-old girl suffered a non-serious head injury, while six of her classmates suffered light injuries. All of the hurt children were taken to hospital, Rai News reported.

Local mayor Monica Chittò ordered the school to be closed while the fire service carried out checks, although she said the building was thought to be structurally sound.

“There have not been any signs [of structural damage] in the school. “They [the fire service] told me that it was an unpredictable event, probably due to a thermal shock,” Chittò was quoted as saying, referring to a rapid change in temperatures which causes material to fracture.

Italy was subjected to freezing temperatures over the Christmas period, although the mercury has since risen and reached around 10C on Thursday.

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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.