Vittorio Missoni’s Pilot Was Not Licensed To Fly
The small plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, his three companions, and two crew members that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela on January 4 remains missing, and new reports convey the unpromising news that both the pilot and the airline were not licensed to fly at the time of the trip.
According to the New York Post, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that the license of pilot German Marchan, 72, expired on November 30, 2012, and that the small airline had yet to receive certification. According to Asdrubal Bermudez, the president and owner of the company that owns the missing plane, however, the pilot was highly experienced and the plane met all safety requirements.
Thusfar, the Missoni family have not given any indication that they are letting go of their hope that Vittorio may have been kidnapped, a theory that was given credence by a mysterious text message sent from the phone of one of the passengers more than 48 hours after the plane disappeared.