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
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)

(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.

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Jan 15, 2013 4:24 PM CST
Pilot licenses do not expire in the U.S., they are good for life. It would be nice to know what country issues the pilot licenses and how they are renewed.
Jan 15, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Did you check the island from lost?
Jan 15, 2013 2:37 PM CST
Expired because he was ducking a flight surgeon's exam, I bet.