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Italian fashion house director Vittorio Missoni along with six other passengers are feared dead after his small plane went missing Friday morning.
According to Daily Mail, the 58-year-old, along with his wife, two pilots and friends Guido Foresti and wife Elda Scalvenzi were on board.
A red flag went up after the plane did not land at Simon Bolivar international airport. Despite help from sea rescue services, no trace of the plane has been found.
A spokesperson for Missoni informed, “The family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing. We don’t know any more.”
Missoni’s younger brother, Luca, is said to have traveled to Venezuela to aid in the search.
The Associated Press reports that other relatives of the family have come forward to seek prayers and express that their hopes in finding their family members are still alive.
Oswaldo Scalvenzi, a relative of Elda, exclaimed to Italian state television on Saturday evening,"We're holding onto a glimmer of hope. Until we can see the wreckage...."
Venezuela's National Civil Aviation Institute reported that “the last position registered in radar data and those supplied by a system on board the aircraft” was approximately 11 miles south of Los Roques, the resort islands from which they departed.
According to the report, the plane took off at 11:39 a.m. and was expected to be in the air a brief 42 minutes. Aviation officials have informed that enough fuel was in the tanks at the time of take-off.