Search for plane with Missoni scion grows
AFPCARACAS -- Authorities said they have intensified a search Sunday for a small plane that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela with six people aboard, including the scion of Italy's Missoni fashion family.
January 8, 2013, 11:54 am TWN
The state-run AVN news agency, which said the family was briefed, reported no progress in locating the aircraft, which went missing late Friday on a flight from the Los Roques islands to Caracas.
The National Guard, backed by volunteers with private aircraft and boats, have so far covered more than 360 square nautical miles in a search and rescue operation involving more than 385 people, AVN said.
The plane was carrying Vittorio Missoni — the son of the eponymous fashion label's founder Ottavio Missoni — and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another Italian couple and two Venezuelan crew members.
Shortly after news broke of his brother's disappearance, Luca went to Venezuela to get information first hand.
In the small town of Sumirago that houses Missoni's headquarters in northern Italy near Milan, company officials met as they awaited news about the plane.
Vittorio's parents and sister remained in the family home, according to Italian media.