Search continues for missing plane off Venezuela

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Search continues for missing plane off VenezuelaIn this photo provided by Venezuela's Ministry of the Interior and Justice Press Office, a member of Venezuela's National Civil Aviation Institute looks out at the ocean during the search for a plane that went missing near Los Roques, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The search for a missing plane carrying Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni and five other people has entered its third straight day on Sunday with no signs of the aircraft. The small, twin-engine plane was reported missing hours after taking off Friday from Los Roques, a string of islands and islets popular among tourists for their white beaches and coral reefs. (AP Photo/Venezuela Ministry Interior and Justice Office Press)(Credit: AP)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The owner of a plane that disappeared off the coast of Venezuela says that his company hadn’t yet received its certification as a small airline but that the plane met all safety requirements.

Venezuelan authorities have been searching for nearly a week since the plane was lost Friday off the resort islands of Los Roques carrying four Italians, including the CEO of the Missoni fashion firm.

Asdrubal Bermudez is president and owner of the company Transaereo 5074. He told The Associated Press in an interview that the plane was flown by an experienced pilot and its maintenance was up-to-date.

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