New details have emerged about Vittorio Missoni, head of Missoni, and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, who have disappeared while on holiday in South America.
On Saturday afternoon, the fashion house confirmed that Missino and Castiglioni, along with two Italian friends and two Venezuelan crew members, were traveling from the archipelago of Los Roques to Caracas on Friday when their plane mysteriously disappeared. Vogue Italia writes in a blog post that the “plane went off the radar at 11 local time”, and a new report from the BBC says that the Britten-Norman BN-2 aircraft had enough fuel for a three-hour flight, and that the flight was expected to land around 42 minutes after take-off.
Sea and air rescue teams were working all afternoon on Saturday, but the plane still hasn’t been located, according to the BBC.
In Vogue Italia‘s post, titled “Bring Vittorio Missoni Home”, the magazine points out a harrowing similarity to another situation in which a plane taking the same route from Los Roques to Caracas on January 4, 2008 was also reported missing and was never found. The post continues, “Weekly magazine Oggi suspects that it might have been hijacked by drug traffickers and used to deliver cocaine.”
No foul play has been reported yet, and we certainly hope that Missoni, Castiglioni, and the rest of the party is found safely soon. We’ll update once we have more details.