The Missoni family is holding fast to the hope that Vittorio Missoni's missing plane was hijacked, and Vittorio's eldest son has called a crash implausible.
"My father will come back; we are waiting for him," said Vittorio's 28-year-old son Ottavio Missoni Jr. in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. "I am not speaking with my head but with my heart. A plane cannot vanish in this way, on a short route, without leaving any trace . . . I remain convinced that the least plausible reason is that they crashed into the water. My uncle Luca, in Venezuela, has also confirmed that these planes are capable of sea landings in case of emergency."
Luca Missoni, Vittorio's brother and a trained pilot, is in Venezuela working with the search party that's been trying to find Vittorio, his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, their friend Guido Foresti, and Foresti's wife, Elda Scalvenzi. They were on a small twin-engine plane traveling from Los Roques to Caracas on Saturday morning, but the plane disappeared shortly after taking off. Angela Missoni, Vittorio's sister and the brand's creative director, said earlier this week that she hopes the traveling party was kidnapped. "It's better to be kidnapped than at the bottom of the sea," she said.
In the meantime, it's said the Missoni brand will carry on with business as usual. An unnamed source told Page Six that the house plans to show its men's collection in Milan next week. However, there's no official plan to replace Vittorio if he and the others aren't found.
"There is no succession plan in place," the source said. "Nobody expected this to happen."
From left, Giacomo Missoni, his father Vittorio Missoni, and brothers Marco Missoni and Ottavio Missoni Jr.