6 Jan 2013

Plane carrying Missoni boss missing

9:28 am on 6 January 2013

A small plane carrying the director of Italian fashion house Missoni has disappeared off the coast of Venezuela.

Vittorio Missoni and his wife were among six people on board the flight from the archipelago of Los Roques towards Maiquetia airport in Caracas.

The small, twin-engine aircraft disappeared mid-morning local time on Friday and has not been traced since, the BBC reports.

Mr Missoni, 58, is the son of the founder of the eponymous brand and co-owns the firm with his siblings.

He was returning from a Christmas and New Year holiday with his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, and two friends - Elda Scalvenzi and Guido Foresti. Two Venezuelan pilots were also on board.

Los Roques, an archipelago made up of dozens of islands 150km off Venezuela's coast, is one of the area's most popular holiday destinations.