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Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
In pictures: Milan plane crash
Emergency services rushed to the scene and crowds gathered in disbelief after a small tourist aircraft hit a skyscraper in the northern Italian city of Milan.

Early reports suggested that the crash at the 30-storey Pirelli building was an accident.

Milan crash scene
At least three people have been killed and many are reported to have been injured in the crash at 1745 local time (1545 GMT)

Crowd gathers at the building
Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion and saw the windows had been blown out of the building

Pirelli building
The pilot reportedly sent an SOS message complaining of a technical problem

Pirelli building
The top floors of the 30-storey Pirelli building caught fire after the Piper private aircraft made a hole in the east side

Emergency workers
Emergency services cordoned off the area as they attempted to recover the dead and injured

Plane wreckage
Wreckage from the plane, which had been flying from the town of Locarno in Switzerland, lay in pieces

Debris from the crash
The Italian interior minister said it was "probably an accident"
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