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Italian experts help Venezuelan authorities search for a missing plane

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    In this Jan. 9, 2013 photo provided by Venezuela's Ministry of the Interior and Justice Press Office and released Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, a member of Venezuela's National Civil Aviation Institute points out at the ocean during the search for a plane that went missing near Los Roques, Venezuela. Venezuelan authorities have been searching since the twin-engine plane was lost Friday off the resort islands of Los Roques. On board were Vittorio Missoni, the head of the company, three other Italians and two Venezuelan crew members. (AP Photo/Venezuela Ministry Interior and Justice Press Office)The Associated Press

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    In this photo taken on March 30, 2005 Vittorio Missoni, right, and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni smile in Milan, Italy. The search resumed Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 for a small plane that has disappeared off the Venezuelan coast with six people aboard, including Vittorio Missoni, a top executive in Italy's Missoni fashion house, officials said. Vittorio Missoni, 58, is the director general of the iconic brand and the eldest son of the company's founder. Flying with him on Friday's flight from Venezuela's Los Roques resort archipelago to Caracas, was Missoni's wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, two Italian friends of the couple, and a crew of two Venezuelans. (AP Photo/Livio Valerio, Lapresse)The Associated Press

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    In this Jan. 9, 2013 photo provided by Venezuela's Ministry of the Interior and Justice Press Office and released Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, Venezuelan rescue team divers arrive to Los Roques, Venezuela. Venezuelan authorities have been searching since the twin-engine plane was lost Friday off the resort islands of Los Roques. On board were Vittorio Missoni, the head of the Missoni fashion firm, three other Italians and two Venezuelan crew members. (AP Photo/Venezuela Ministry Interior and Justice Press Office)The Associated Press

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    In this photo provided on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, by Venezuela's Ministry of the Interior and Justice Press Office, divers of Venezuelan rescue team search in ocean waters for signs of a missing plane carrying the CEO of the Missoni fashion firm, off Los Roques, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Venezuelan authorities have been searching since the twin-engine plane disappeared Friday. (AP Photo/Venezuela Ministry Interior and Justice Press Office)The Associated Press

Italy has sent experts to help Venezuelan authorities search for a plane that disappeared carrying the CEO of Italian fashion firm Missoni.

More than 400 people in boats, planes and helicopters were searching for the twin-engine aircraft, which disappeared off the resort islands of Los Roques.

The BN-2 Islander disappeared on Jan 4. It dropped off radar about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of Los Roques during a flight to Caracas.

It was carrying two crew members and four Italian tourists, including Vittorio Missoni, CEO of his family's fashion company.

Venezuela's government announced on Thursday that four Italian experts have joined the search.