Missoni Plane Found In Venezuela: Survey Vessel Discovers Wreckage 240 Feet Below The Sea After Six Month Search

By Staff Reporter on June 28, 2013 11:46 AM EDT

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Vittorio Missoni's plane was found in Venezuela after it went missing in January 4. (Photo: Reuters)

The plane of Vittorio Missoni was found on Thursday, announced Venezuela's Interior minister spokesperson Jorge Galindo. "The plane that crashed on January 4 has appeared."

The 58-year-old Italian fashion executive has been missing for nearly six months after his twin-engine plane took off from the Los Roques archipelago in the Caribbean. The plane carried Vittorio Missoni, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another couple, a Venezuelan crew member, and the aircraft pilot.

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Vittorio Missoni's plane was expected to reach the international airport outside Caracas, approximately 90 miles away from Los Roques. The missing plane was eventually found just 3 nautical miles north of Key Carenero at a depth of approximately 240 feet. Key Carenero is one of the many keys that make up the Los Roques archipelago and resort.

Venezuelan authorities dispatched search teams via boats and helicopters. Divers searched the region for clues pointing towards the plane crash. The search was assisted by a U.S. oceanographic survey vessel.

"At this time, efforts are underway to recover the wreckage," announced the families of the passengers in a statement. "The families would like to thank the Venezuelan and Italian governments for its commitments in finding the wreckage and the family is confident that the investigation into the cause of the incident."

While the cause of the plane crash is unknown, the ANSV, Italy's agency for flight security, revealed that the airline that owned the aircraft isn't fully licensed for operation. What's more, the pilot's license had also expired before the flight.

Vittorio Missoni is the fashion icon of the famed Missoni fashion house. First established as a knitwear clothing company in 1953, Missoni is worn by beautiful celebrities including Katie Holmes and Cameron Diaz.

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