As you may have heard, reports surfaced this weekend that a small plane carrying Vittorio Missoni (the eldest of three heirs to the Italian fashion house and current CEO of the brand), his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, and two other Italians, disappeared off the coast of Venezuela Friday. Three days later, the search continues for the missing plane.
As of yesterday evening, there were no signs of the aircraft, reports AP. Rescue crews continue the search using a plane and two helicopters, several coast guard vessels and 29 divers. The Venezuelan government said in a statement that “all the authorities involved in these tasks are not reducing the intensity of the search until they locate the plane as well as its crew and passengers.”
The plane left Los Roques, an archipelago and resort Friday morning, and was expected to touch down at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas just 42 minutes later.
The families of those missing have been informed and Sunday, Vittorio’s sister Angela, who also helps run the business, told Italian paper La Repubblica (via Telegraph): “Our hope is that he is still alive. We want to hope, because for us it is important.” She told her mother, Rosita, immediately upon hearing the news, but waited until the following day to inform her father Ottavio:
We decided to let him rest, he was very tired. When, at 5.30 in the morning he saw us all standing and he looked at our faces and said ‘what happened? I am 92, but I’m not stupid’. And so we told him the truth.
Anyone in Venezuela with any information is invited to contact the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by calling the Crisis Unit or emailing the Ministry [email protected] Please help us bring Vittorio, Maurizia and their friends home safely. #findvittoriomissoni.
Vittorio, considered the global face of Missoni, is credited with the brand’s international expansion and lucrative licensing deals such as the Target collaboration which infamously crashed the retailer’s website.
Update: Angela Missoni released the following statement (via Grazia):
‘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.