Vittorio Missoni’s Plane Vanished: Is New Bermuda Triangle To Blame?

Tue, January 8, 2013 12:17pm EST by 3 Comments
Vittorio Missoni Los Roques Curse
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The head of the Missoni fashion house is still missing — and a paranormal phenomenon similar to the Bermuda Triangle, known as ‘Los Roques Curse,’ may be to blame.

Chief administrator and heir to the Missoni fashion house Vittorio Missoni, 58, and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, are still missing, after their private plane vanished on Jan. 4. Another couple and two crew members were also aboard the twin-engine Britten Norman BN2 Islander at the time of the dissapearance. The six passengers were traveling from the resort islands of Los Roques to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas — and they disappeared in an area known as ‘Los Roques Curse,’ a phenomenon similar to the Bermuda Triangle. Since the ’90s, at least 15 aircrafts have crashed or gone missing in the 87-mile journey — with Missoni’s plane being the most recent to pass through the infamous area.

Los Roques Curse:

Believers in ‘Los Roques Curse’ offer multiple suggestions as to what might happen to its unfortunate victims. Some say they are abducted by aliens, kidnapped by the remaining residents of Atlantis, or hit by large amounts of methane gas, which is released from the sea floor.

Just like the Bermuda Triangle, there is no concrete evidence to support these theories — although there are multiple incidents of people, (and their planes), simply vanishing without a trace. For example Volaren Venezuela, a website on civil aviation on the country, reports that in 2008, 14 people died when a plane made the exact journey the Missoni plane embarked on. No wreckage has ever been recovered from the plane and only one body was ever found.

The Missoni Family Reacts To Vittorio’s Disappearance:

Vittorio is the eldest son of Ottavio, 92, and Rosita Missioni, 81, and the chief administrator of the Milan luxury brand. The couple founded the iconic Missoni fashion house, which is known for their bold prints and knitwear in 1953. While they are well known for their use of geometrics and abstract florals, they are most famous for introducing chevron stripes in the ’70s.

“The Missoni family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing, but we don’t know any more,” a spokesman for Missioni, Maddalena Aspes, said in a statement on Jan. 4. “The authorities will resume their search for the plane in the morning.”

Vittorio’s sister, Angela Missoni, told Italy’s La Repubblica: “Our hope is that he is still alive … We want to hope, because for us it is important.” Angela was on vacation in Oman with her parents, Rosita and Ottavio, when she heard the unfortunate news — and she had to break it to her parents. According to the Telegraph, she told her mother immediately and the two broke the news to the patriarch of the family the following morning.

“We decided to let him rest, he was very tired,” Angela told La Repubblica. “When, at 5.30 in the morning he saw us all standing and he looked at our faces and said ‘what happened? I am 92, but I’m not stupid.’ And so we told him the truth.”

The plane vanished just a half hour after take off on Jan. 4, and days later there is still no trace of the aircraft — or any of the individuals that were on board.

Katrina Mitzeliotis

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Posted at 10:36 PM on September 9, 2014  

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Posted at 3:37 PM on January 15, 2013  

Having worked in Los Roques over a period of time myself, I agree with SVK’s comment. There is no curse whatsoever. Just poor maintenance of the small planes that travel to that archipelago and excess self-confidence of the pilots who fly that route just like taxi drivers do their fares. Crossing the coral barrier from Los Roques to Caracas, the water is extremely deep and if the pilot manages to land the plane in one piece, it tends to fill up with water quite quickly and sink. At depths of 350 m and far beyond, it is impossible, even for experienced divers, to find those planes. Special and very expensive equipment would have to be used for recovery. Venezuelan Government doesn’t own such equipment and will not spend the necessary amount of money, to get a small plane and regular people out of the water….
Only if the plane breaks during the attempt to land on the water pieces may be found, as many of them float due to the material they’re made of.

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Posted at 1:44 PM on January 8, 2013  

Planes hit the water and sink to the bottom of the ocean, my diving expeditions find planes in that area that have been down there for years,and usually found while looking for something else. Very sad for this family.

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