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Missoni’s Venezuela Searchers Find Five-Year Missing Wreck

June 20, 2013

Venezuela’s search for vanished fashion scion Vittorio Missoni resulted in the discovery of an aircraft that disappeared five years earlier.

The Czech-made Let-410 operated by carrier Transaven was found 900 meters below sea level off Los Roques archipelago, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement late yesterday. Los Roques lie about 170 kilometers north of the Venezuelan mainland.

The Let crashed on Jan. 4, 2008 with all 14 people on board presumed dead. Italian citizen Missoni and five other passengers and crew took off from Los Roques on the same day this January in a twin-engine Diamond DA42. The plane remains missing. The joint Venezuela-Italian search mission made yesterday’s discovery with the U.S-registered Sea Scout survey ship.

Missoni, 58, was in charge of the eponymous Italian fashion house known for its zig-zag knitwear worn by celebrities including Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.

Founded in the 1950s by Vittorio’s parents Ottavio and Rosita, Missoni SpA is run by Vittorio’s siblings Luca and Angela and non-family member chief executive officer Alberto Piantoni.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anatoly Kurmanaev in Caracas at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andre Soliani at

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