Missoni CEO missing after plane vanishes in Venezuela
Posted by on January 6, 2013 | 7:01 pm EST

Vittorio Missoni missing after plane disappears in Venezuela

While other fashion labels were eager to start their weekend, folks at the Missoni label were blanketed in fear as the plane that carried CEO Vittorio Missoni, his wife, two friends and two crew members disappeared somewhere in the coast of Venezuela last Friday (January 4).

The couple were with friends Elda Scalvenzi and Guido Foresti, and were returning from a Christmas holiday trip. However, the BN-2 aircraft they were on went off the radar a few hours after it took off from Los Roques. The twin-engine plane, piloted by two Venezuelans, was scheduled to arrive at the Maiquetia airport 42 minutes after takeoff.

The Italian fashion house released a statement through Facebook confirming the situation. “We are relying on the work of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all the institutions involved, to whom we are grateful for the prompt activities in the research.”

Missoni’s younger brother Luca traveled to Venezuela on Saturday in the hope of gathering information as regards the condition of the search operations. Meanwhile, Scalveni’s relative Oswaldo Scalvenzi stated that they’re still hoping for the best—until they see the wrecked plane.

Despite all that, Missoni assured concerned fans that the company will issue more information when it becomes available. The label also requested to pay respect to the privacy of the family during this time.

The 58-year-old business magnate is the eldest heir to the Missoni company, which was founded by parents Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953. Famous for its knitwear designs patterned with a mixture of colorful fabrics, Missoni is a favorite among Hollywood A-list stars such as Katie Holmes and Cameron Diaz.

[Photo Credit: CNN]

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