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Italian business executive Vittorio Missoni is best known for serving as CEO of the Missoni brand, founded by his parents in the 1950s. In 2013, a plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, along with his wife three others, disappeared off the coast of Venezuela.
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The party was returning from the island resort of Los Roques, a destination favored by many wealthy Italians. At the time of its disappearance, the plane was headed for the Caracas airport—a short trip, usually taking less than an hour.
A massive sea and air search did not immediately yield evidence or clues of the plane's whereabouts. While many news outlets assumed that the plane had crashed, members of the Missoni family remained unconvinced that this was the case,
citing a text message sent form the plane after its disappearance as evidence of foul play. Luca Missoni, a trained pilot, flew to Venezuela to assist in the aerial search. Newspaper reports that the bodies had been discovered, on January 10, 2013, proved to be untrue.
In late June 2013, wreckage of the plane that had been carrying Missoni and five others nearly six months earlier, was found in the waters near the Los Roques island resort (near where the aircraft departed), according to the Missoni fashion company. Family members of the missing passengers "are confident that the investigation will follow through to ascertainment of the causes and the responsibility for the accident," the company said in a statement on June 27, 2013.
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