Thursday, 17 October 2013

Body of missing Vittorio Missoni recovered from plane

The remains of five people have been recovered from an airplane carrying a party that included Italian fashion industrialist Vittorio Missoni and went missing off the coast of Venezuela in January, an ANSA source said Thursday.

The bodies have been recovered of Missoni, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another Italian couple and of the co-pilot of the Islander yv2615u aircraft, which went missing after taking off from the Caribbean island of Los Roques in January 4.

The body of the pilot, Germán Marchant, has reportedly not been found.

All of the recovered bodies were in the plane with their seat belts on, said the source, Giorgio Serloni, an Italian businessman who lives in the archipelago.

The reports have not been confirmed by the Venezuelan authorities. The missing plane was found in June thanks to the technology an American oceanographic ship.

They group were travelling to Caracas after holiday on an island in the Los Roques Caribbean archipelago. The Los Roques area is notorious for plane crashes.

In 2008 another small plane returning to the Venezuelan mainland from the archipelago disappeared with 14 people aboard, including eight Italians.

Vittorio Missoni was the eldest son of Ottavio Missoni, the founder of the company famous for its colourful zig-zag knitwear who died in May.

The operation to pull the ship out of the sea in order to establish whether the accident was the result of human error or a technical fault has reportedly started.

Thursday 17 October 2013


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