Pilot of Missing Missoni Plane Had Expired License

And the airline didn't have proper paperwork, either

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2013 12:33 PM CST

(Newser) – The search for fashion boss Vittorio Missoni and others aboard a small plane that went missing off the coast of Venezuela Jan. 4 continues, and a new report today doesn't exactly inspire confidence: An Italian newspaper says neither the 72-year-old pilot nor the small airline he worked for had a license to fly, reports Vogue. The pilot's license expired in November, and though his age has caused concern, New York notes that a separate Italian report called him "one of the most expert and respected pilots" in the region. Italy has sent its own experts to help in the search.

A member of Venezuela's National Civil Aviation Institute points toward the ocean during the search for the plane, which went missing near Los Roques, Venezuela.   (AP Photo/Venezuela Ministry Interior and Justice Press Office)
In this photo taken on Feb. 23, 2010, Vittorio Missoni poses for photographers in Milan, Italy.   (AP Photo/Gian Mattia d'Alberto, Lapresse)
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