First Debris Found From Missoni Plane
Piece of luggage found near island
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2013 6:41 PM CST
In this Jan. 10 file photo, divers search for the plane off the coast of Venezuela.   (AP Photo/Venezuela Ministry Interior and Justice Press Office)

(Newser) – The first sign of debris from a missing plane that was carrying the CEO of Italian fashion house Missoni has surfaced in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. A German tourist found a bag from the plane, which vanished shortly after takeoff on Jan. 4 near Venezuela, an official said. Curacao lies about 200 miles west of the resort islands of Los Roques, where the plane departed for Caracas. The bag didn't belong to fashion exec Vittorio Missoni. Instead, it belonged to an Italian who was supposed to be on Missoni's flight but missed it.

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Jan 29, 2013 7:16 PM CST
" ... a German tourist found the bag on Curacao's rocky north coast. He said the tourist had contacted the owner of the bag, who is in Italy, who in turn called police in Curacao ... Police received the bag on Friday ... No other debris from the twin-engine aircraft has so far been found."