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Missoni pilot did not have credentials to fly plane


Rome, January 15 - The pilot of the plane that
disappeared off the coast of Venezuela this month with five
other people aboard, including Italian fashion chief Vittorio
Missoni, did not have the credentials to fly the aircraft, the
Italian Agency for Air Safety (ANSV) said Tuesday.
The agency, which is investigating the disappearence, said
the 65-year-old pilot's psycho-physical fitness papers expired
on November 30 and had not been renewed.
ANSV also said that the company running the plane did not
hold a proper certificate to act as an air operator.
The agency added that this information, which had been
passed on to it by the Venezuelan authorities probing the
incident, "do not at the moment represent causal factors
directly related to the dynamics of the event".
Missoni, CEO of the company famed for its zigzag-patterned
knitwear, was last seen boarding a plane at a resort in the Los
Roques archipelago with his wife Maurizia Castiglioni and a
couple of friends on January 4.
They were en route for the capital Caracas.
A co-pilot was also on board the plane.
On Friday Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said
efforts to find the six people must continue ''until some
conclusive indication is found''.
The Los Roques area is notorious for plane crashes.
In 2008 another small plane returning to the Venezuelan
mainland from the archipelago disappeared with 14 people aboard,
including eight Italians.

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