Vittorio Missoni was on a small plane that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela. On the plane were two crewmembers and four passengers. Missoni's wife, Maurizia Castiglioni and brother, Lucas Missoni were also reported to be on the flight. Style Bistro speculated on Jan. 7 that the plane could have been kidnapped.
ABC News reported that the small might have not crashed or disappeared completely. It could've landed in an area of Venezuela that's heavily drug raided. The news channel also heard reports that the plane could've been hijacked in that area. There's a chance that the six crewmembers may still be alive.
Family and friends are holding out hope that the passengers return home soon. CNN reported that there are currently over 385 people searching for the small plane and missing people. Anyone that has information can tweet the hashtag #findvittoriomissoni or can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Unit.
Angela Missoni, creative director and family member, released a statement about her concerns:
"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."
"At this time, we have no further specifics regarding the search except to say we are confident they will continue at the same pace and the search with explore all possibilities. Our deepest thanks go to the multitude of supporters that have reached out to us from all over the world. We ask that you join us in the hope that the Missoni, Scalvenzi and Foresti families will soon be reunited."
"We are full of hope and trust the great work the Authorities have been doing so far. We will not give up."
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