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.
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.
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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