Specialized ship to search for plane in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's government says a ship specialized in deep-water searches will help scan the seafloor for a plane that disappeared carrying the CEO of Italian fashion house Missoni.
The BN-2 Islander plane dropped off radar screens soon after takeoff on Jan. 4 from the resort islands of Los Roques. It was carrying two crew members and four Italian tourists, including Vittorio Missoni, CEO of his family's fashion company.
Rear Adm. Elsa Gutierrez, Venezuela's minister of air and sea transport, told state media on Friday that the ship was leased by Italian authorities to contribute to the search and will arrive in early February.
She says the ship will expand current search efforts by searching for the plane in deep waters off the islands.
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