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“The plane’s engine caught fire, you fell while diving, and you can no longer see the maneuvers.” This is how eyewitnesses described it Collide A small plane near Milan’s Linate airport on Sunday, killing eight, according to Italian media. Among the victims is a boy of about two years old – and one of the richest men in Romania: Dan Petrescu, 68, a real estate businessman who is said to hold Romanian and German citizenship, according to media reports. He owned the PC-12, which, according to the Italian aviation authority ANSV, took off at 1:04 pm at the smaller airport in the city of Lombardy.

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Correspondent for Southeast European countries based in Vienna.

The goal was Olbia in Sardinia, a vacation with family and friends on the Italian holiday island famous for its gorgeous beaches. But a few minutes into the flight, the plane crashed into a two-story building – there were no people in it at the time – in San Donato Milanese, a suburb of Milan. The headquarters of the Italian energy company is located near the crash site where are you and a heavily used bus stop operated by the local transport company ATM.

The pilot wanted to go back to the airport

The observers had already noticed that the plane had veered off course. She also informed the pilot with a radio message that, in her words, appeared to be a “small deviation from the trajectory.” However, the pilot did not mention the reason for the deviation and did not raise the alarm.

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A little later, according to ANSA news agency, he asked if he could return to the airport. However, just a minute later, the plane disappeared from the radar because it was already on a steep incline. The Italian aviation authority has now launched an investigation. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala coordinated the rescue operation. According to media reports, emergency services were working all night, and the last firefighters left the scene at 7 am on Monday.

Little is known about the most famous victim, billionaire Dan Petrescu. A Romanian portal describes him as “one of the most discreet billionaires in Romania”. There are hardly any pictures of him. Many people in Romania were not aware of his name until news broke of the plane crash in Italy on Monday. Petrescu avoided the audience and did not give any interviews – unlike his name Dan Vasili Petrescu, a former Romanian football star and coach today. Petrescu is as common as the family name in Romania as Müller or Meier in Germany. According to Romanian media reports, Petrescu (a billionaire, not a footballer) got rich mainly through real estate deals.

In doing so, he appears to have proceeded in a similar fashion to other businessmen in former communist Eastern Europe, who systematically acquired land near big cities in the 1990s in order to sell or rent them later at great profit to supermarkets, furniture stores and the rushing Bauhaus chains. to the country. Often it was not possible for foreign investors to acquire larger plots near the capitals of Eastern Europe, because entrepreneurs such as Petrescus bought all the land strategically and were now largely able to set prices. According to information from Romania, Petrescu was also a trading partner of ion teriyakWho became famous in Germany in the eighties as the manager of tennis player Boris Becker.

Almost nothing is known about the family of the billionaire who died with him in the accident. It was reported that Petrescu owned a villa in Sicily where his nearly 100-year-old mother lived. According to unconfirmed information, Petrescu did not live in Romania, but in Monte Carlo. From there he did business in his home country through store agents and offshore companies. Bloomberg News Agency estimates his fortune at more than one billion euros. However, in the current Forbes list of billionaires, the name of Dan Petrescu does not appear, unlike the name of his business partner Ion Tiriac, who is listed as the richest Romanian in the list.

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‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report

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‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report

China, Russia and the United States are preparing for hypersonic missiles

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In August, Beijing was said to have tested a hypersonic nuclear missile. Now China has denied the report: it was just a matter of routine spacecraft tests. Meanwhile, a US lawmaker warned of the outbreak of a new Cold War.

NSHina denied a media report that the People’s Republic of China had tested a hypersonic missile suitable for nuclear weapons. “It was a spacecraft, not a missile,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. They were routine tests to test technology for reusing the spacecraft. It happened in July.

A representative of the US Congress interpreted the report on China’s test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile as a wake-up call. “This test should be a call to action,” Republican Mike Gallagher said Sunday (local time). “If we stick to our current inactive trajectory, (…) we will lose the new Cold War with communist China within this decade.”

Undermining US missile defense and threatening nuclear strikes

As reported by the Financial Times on Saturday, citing five anonymous sources, Beijing is said to have tested a hypersonic missile capable of producing nuclear weapons in August. It circled the globe once in a low orbit before missing its target by about 15 km. According to the report, the test should show that the Chinese military is already more advanced in its hypersonic weapons program than previously assumed by US intelligence agencies. Hypersonic weapons are particularly difficult to intercept because they can reach more than five times the speed of sound.

According to Gallagher, China is increasingly able to undermine the US missile defense system and even threaten it with nuclear strikes. The Republican represents the US state of Wisconsin in the House of Representatives, and is a member of an important committee on the US armed forces.

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Both the United States and Russia are currently working on hypersonic missiles. North Korea also said it tested a hypersonic missile in September. The Chinese Defense Ministry in Beijing initially did not comment on the media report.

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Police union calls for border controls with Poland

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Due to the large number of illegal entries from Poland, unionists from the Federal Police have called for control measures according to a press report. There is a risk of another crash like in 2015.

The head of the Federal Police Union, Heinz Tegert, urges the introduction of temporary border controls in Poland. Tigert justified this in a letter to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) with, among other things, a large number of unauthorized entries at the German-Polish border and health risks to federal police personnel, Bild reported.

“For several months, the number of arrests increased almost explosively,” the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. Only with the introduction of temporary border controls can the federal government prevent a “collapse” at the border as it did in 2015.

Health risks for officials

Tiggert continued: “Our colleagues are also exposed to significant health risks, as the infection with the Covid virus is still very high, especially in the countries of origin of migrants (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.) that the authorities registered very rarely.” Hygiene regulations, as usual in Germany and Europe, of course will not be adhered to in the “smuggling process”.

Governments in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland accuse Belarus’s governor, Alexander Lukashenko, of moving refugees from crisis regions to the EU’s external borders in an orderly fashion. Lukashenko announced at the end of May that Minsk would not prevent migrants from continuing to travel to the European Union – in response to tough Western sanctions against his country. Since then, reports of attempts to cross the border illegally at the EU’s external border with Belarus and at the German-Polish border have increased.

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Gay US minister defends parental leave

In the US, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg caused an uproar because he took parental leave. Hatred comes from the political opponent, and now the Democrat responds and defends his decision – with a small tip against a prominent critic.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the US Democratic star, has defended his paternity leave. Buttigieg told CNN he wouldn’t apologize to anyone for looking after his twins. Chasten, 39, and his husband adopted newborn twins this summer. Buttigieg said he is proud to take parental leave. He is the first gay federal minister in the United States.

Right-wing populist TV presenter Tucker Carlson mocked Buttigieg on his Fox News show last week. He’s trying to figure out how to breastfeed, he scoffed. “As you can imagine, we bottle-feed our kids — any time of the day or night,” Buttigieg said. It is “a joyful, satisfying, wonderful act” and everyone in the United States should have the opportunity to do so after having a child. The United States has no legal regulation of paid parental leave – only a few states have legal entitlements.

Buttigieg had previously reacted to Carlson’s statement and noted that it was strange that criticism had come from a party that always presented itself as a family friend. Buttigieg took parental leave in mid-August. Critics have complained that the US is currently struggling with major delivery bottlenecks – an issue that also falls within Buttigieg’s portfolio. He emphasized that he is always accessible while on parental leave.

Until the end of 2019, Buttigieg was mayor of a city of 100,000 residents in the US state of Indiana. Then Buttigieg caused a sensation as a presidential candidate for the US Democrats. But he quickly fell behind in the primaries and eventually gave up his candidacy. Since then, he has supported the election winner, Joe Biden. Ultimately, President Biden appointed Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation.

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