It has emerged that the missing pilot and the plane that were carrying Vittorio Missoni and the other four passengers, were not fully licensed to fly. This is according to Italy's flight security agency, ANSV, however Venezuela's ministry, where the plane disappeared off the coast of, have declined to comment.
It is being reported that the 72-year-old's pilot Germán Marchan's psychological-physical fitness certificate had expired late last year, on 30 November 2012, while the company that owns the plane "didn't have the certificate required to operate as a small airline," according to WWD. Italian publication La Repubblica has reported that the airline 'did not have a regular air operator's certificate.'
Margherita Missoni, Angela Missoni and Vittorio Missoni at the Missoni show in Singapore - May 13 2011
The plane disappeared off the coast of Venezuela on January 4 and the Italian newspaper La Repubblica has released more information about the flight schedule. It reportedly left Los Roques at 11.32am to travel to Maiquetia, Caracas and seven minutes after take off, Marchan and his co-pilot logged the plane's position as 10 nautical miles from Gran Roque and 5,000 feet above sea level. It has been suggested by data that the plane reached 5,400 feet, moved 13.3 nautical miles from Gran Roque and then the plane lost altitude and speed before going off the radar.
Last week hundreds of Venezuelan rescue workers started air and sea searches, but there has been no trace of the wreckage so far. The family started a Twitter campaign to find Vittorio, the CEO of Missoni, as Ottavio JUnior one of his children tweeted 'Please help me find my father.'