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Fashion Designer Missing As Plane Vanishes
Italian designer Vittorio Missoni, head of one of Italy's oldest fashion houses, was on board a small plane that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, a company spokeswoman has confirmed.
The aircraft reportedly went missing shortly after take-off from the resort of Los Roques, a group of islands off the coast of Venezuela that is popular with tourists.
Also reported to have been on board were Mr Missoni's wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, another couple believed to be their friends, and two Venezuelan crew members.
"The Missoni family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing, but we don't know any more," said Maddalena Aspes, speaking on behalf of the company.
Venezuela's interior minister said the plane was expected at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas and was declared missing when it failed to arrive.
It is understood that Mr Missoni, 58, and his wife had spent Christmas and New Year at Los Roques.
According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the pilot of the Britten Norman BN2 Islander plane was 72-year-old German Merchan.