The small aircraft that Vittorio Missoni was on when he went missing has been found. On the fifth day of searching, the oceanographic ship, Deep Sea, found the vessel that disappeared on January 4th. The plane, that was also carrying Missoni's partner Maurizia Castiglioni, friends Guido Foresti and Elda Scalvenzi and two crew members, was located in the waters North of the Los Roques archipelago. Authorities are evaluating ways to recover the wreck in the deep water and to see if there are bodies inside.
The Missoni family have released a statement saying that they 'thank the Venezuelan Government and the Italian Government for the effort in having made this search possible'. They are also 'confident that the investigation will ascertain the causes and the responsibility for the accident.'
Angela Missoni, Ottavio Missoni, Rosita Missoni, Vittorio Missoni and Luca Missoni in September 25, 2011
07 January 2013: Angela Missoni Releases Statement On Her Missing Brother
Vittorio Missoni, the chief executive of the Missoni fashion house, was reported missing this weekend. The 58-year-old was on an aircraft that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela during its short flight from the resort island of Los Roques. A naval ocean-searching vessel joined the hunt for Vittorio and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, as well as two friends and two crew who were also on board. As yet, no sign of the plane has been found. This afternoon, Angela Missoni has released the following statement:
‘I am now in Rome and in direct contact with the Italian Foreign Ministry and the State Police to report the disappearance of my brother while also co-ordinating all information and offers of aid that we have received globally.
'My brother Luca is now in Venezuela and is an active part of the search. He is a pilot and is also involved in the flight search over the area. Our AD, Alberto Piantoni, has just joined Luca in Venezuela. They are in direct touch with the Venezuelan authorities, the Unity of Crisis and the Italian Embassy.
'My children and nephews are all with my parents and are together at this difficult time.
'We are all moved by the affection and help that we have had from the whole world and thankful to the Authorities for their tireless search and rescue efforts.
'At this time, we have no further specifics regarding the search except to say we are confident they will continue at the same pace and the search with explore all possibilities. Our deepest thanks go to the multitude of supporters that have reached out to us from all over the world. We ask that you join us in the hope that the Missoni, Scalvenzi and Foresti families will soon be reunited.
We are full of hope and trust the great work the Authorities have been doing so far. We will not give up.’