Special ship to join search for plane in Venezuela

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Associated Press

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says a specialized ship 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 is Venezuela's minister of air and sea transport. She told state media on Friday that the specialized ship 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. Gutierrez says Italian authorities leased the ship to contribute to the search.

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