Italian investigators have shelved their inquiry into why a small plane crashed into a Milan skyscraper a year ago, saying it was an accident and that the case should be closed, judicial sources said on Thursday. The plane hit the 30-storey Pirelli Tower, Italy’s highest building, killing the pilot, Luigi Fasulo, 67, and two women who worked inside and briefly reviving fears of a September 11-style attack. Another 29 people were injured. Sources close to the inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the investigation had been suspended. The decision can be challenged for a period of 20 days but the sources said that was unlikely to happen, as nobody had come forward to contest that the crash was an accident. The Swiss-Italian’s single-engine plane flew over the city, which has few tall buildings, on April 18 2002 in bright sunshine and crashed bang into the middle of the 26th floor of the tower. Fasulo, an experienced pilot, had reported trouble with his landing gear. Full Story
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