Italian fashion boss's crashed plane found

Last updated 08:19 28/06/2013
Vittorio Missoni
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WRECKAGE FOUND: A file photo of Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni who was board a plane that crashed mysteriously disappeared after taking off from the Los Roques archipelago in the Caribbean six months ago.

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Venezuela claims it has found the crashed plane of Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni that went missing in January after taking off from the Los Roques archipelago in the Caribbean six months ago.

The small, twin-engine aircraft carrying Missoni, 58, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another couple, a Venezuelan crew member, and the pilot disappeared after taking off on January 4.

"The plane that crashed on January 4 has appeared," Interior Minister spokesman Jorge Galindo said, confirming later to Reuters that it was Missoni's plane.

He said the aircraft had been found less than three nautical miles to the north of Key Carenero, one of the many keys that make up Los Roques.

A separate statement from Venezuela's attorney-general said the plane had been found at a depth of some 76 metres.

The Missoni company said in a statement that the aircraft had been found with the aid of a US oceanographic survey vessel.

Earlier this year, Italy's agency for flight security, ANSV, said its investigation had found that the airline that owned the plane was not fully licensed to operate and that the pilot's license had expired more than a month before the flight.

Missoni was the oldest child of the founders of the fashion house famous for its exuberantly coloured knits, featuring bold stripes and zigzags. He was co-owner with siblings Luca and Angela, who handle the technical and design sides of the firm.

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