A small private plane carrying eight people has crashed into a vacant office building in Milan, reportedly killing all in board.

Six passengers, including a boy, and two members of the crew perished in the collision, LaPresse news agency reported.

Rai state TV said the passengers were believed to be French, but officials have not confirmed their nationality.

Firefighters reported no one else was involved in the crash, which took place near a subway station in San Donato Milanese, a small town near Milan.

Several cars in a nearby parking lot were set on fire by the crash, but were unoccupied at the time.

A thick column of dark smoke was visible from the crash site from several kilometres away.

The now-charred building was reportedly under renovation.

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