Italian fashion exec's plane found

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The search for the plane demanded close cooperation between the Italian and Venezeulan governments. Photo: HO Ministerio Interior y Justicia/AFP
18:18 CEST+02:00
The plane carrying Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni has been found, nearly six months after vanishing off the coast of Venezuela.

The discovery was confirmed by Venezuela’s Interior Ministry and Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, although few details were given.

The plane disappeared on January 4th with Missoni, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, friends Elda Scalvenzi and Guido Foresti, and two Venezuelan crew on board. The group were travelling to the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, from the Caribbean island of Los Roques when it fell off the radar.

Failure to explain the incident led to a broad range of theories being circulated, from lightning strikes to kidnappings. 

Responding to the news, the passengers’ families said they had “faith that the investigations will continue until the causes and the responsibilities of the accident will be ascertained,” Vogue reported.

A piece of luggage from the plane washed up on the island of Curaçao at the end of January, although there has been little news since. A German tourist found the luggage and contacted the owner in Italy, who then contacted the authorities.

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The search continued with cooperation between the Italian and Venezuelan governments and on June 21st the wreck of another plane was found, which disappeared on the same day in 2008 with 14 passengers on board.

Discovery of the Missoni plane comes just weeks after 92-year-old Ottavio Missoni died, without knowing the fate of his eldest child.

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