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Vittorio Missoni: Plane Wreckage Found
Authorities are checking wreckage on the Caribbean island of Curacao to see if it is the aircraft that was carrying fashion boss Vittorio Missoni.
The plane was carrying Missoni, 58, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, two Italian friends, and two Venezuelan crew members when it disappeared off the coast of Venezuela at the beginning of January.
The BN-2 Islander aircraft dropped off radar screens on its short flight from the Venezuelan resort islands of Los Roques to Caracas.
The Italian news service Ansa said local sources on Curacao were on the scene and examining wreckage. The island is located approximately 50 miles north of Venezuela.
A bag which was being carried on the plane was also found on the island several weeks after the incident.
Italian investigators have said the company which owned the plane was not fully licensed and that the pilot's licence was a month out of date.
It is thought the twin-engine plane had enough fuel for a three-hour flight, according to a statement released last month from Venezuela's aviation agency.
"The last position registered in radar data and those supplied by a system on board the aircraft was about 11 miles south of Los Roques," the agency said.
Missoni is one of Italy's oldest fashion houses and is especially known for its knitwear designs. It has also branched out into other luxury goods and begun opening a chain of branded hotels, including one on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.