June 28 - Venezuelan authorities say they have located the wreckage of the plane carrying the fashion heir. Alicia Powell reports.
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Venezuelan officials say they have found the crashed plane of Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni.
The small, twin-engine aircraft carrying Missoni, his wife, another couple, as well as crew members went missing in January after taking off from the Caribbean.
Venezuela's Interior Ministry says the aircraft had been found less than three nautical miles to the north of Key Carenero.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua says the wreckage of two planes had been discovered within the past two weeks.
SOUNDBITE: Elias Jaua, Venezuela's Interior Ministry, saying (Spanish):
"By sheer coincidence last week a plane showed up, and this week appeared another that had recently crashed in January. Now what needs to be done is to refloat it to try and identify it and establish if there are the remains of the people who boarded the flight. In both cases they were of Italian origin. This is part of a joint cooperation effort, the Italian government made available the latest technology for the search for stricken ships and the outcome of the work between Italy, Venezuela and the Netherlands has been the identification of these two planes and now we need to go ahead with the operation to refloat them and perhaps discover the remains of the people on board and give their families the possibility to give them a Christian burial."
Missoni was the oldest child of the founders of the fashion house famous for its colored knits, featuring bold stripes and zigzags.
He co-owned the label with two of his siblings.
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