Plane of Italy’s Missoni fashion family missing off Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuel

Plane of Italy’s Missoni fashion family missing off Venezuela

A plane with members of Italy’s Missoni fashion family on board has been declared missing in Venezuela, the Italian company confirmed Saturday.

The small, twin-engine aircraft was en route to Caracas after departing Friday from Los Roques, an island chain popular with tourists off the coast of Venezuela, when it disappeared, Venezuelan newspapers reported.

Four of the plane’s six passengers were Italian, among them fashion entrepreneur Vittorio Missoni, 58, and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni.

He is the oldest son of son of Ottavio Missoni, 91, founder of the eponymous luxury fashion brand.

The company asked the media to respect the family’s privacy at a difficult time.

Vittorio Missoni and his wife had reportedly spent the Christmas and New Year holidays on the tropical resort islands, where they were frequent visitors.

Two helicopters, two planes and five boats were reported to be searching the Caribbean Sea south of Lose Roques, where the plane was last reported before the pilot lost radio contact.