Small plane with 6 on board, including 4 Italian tourists, missing near Venezuelan archipelago

Venezuela's Interior Minister says rescuers are looking for a small plane with six people on board, including four Italian tourists, which disappeared near the tourist archipelago of Los Roques.

Nestor Reverol said the SAR DA-42 Mpp was declared missing hours after taking off Friday from Los Roques, a string of islands, cays and islets that is popular for scuba diving, white beaches and coral reefs.

Reverol said the plane was expected at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas but didn't arrive and that the four Italian tourists aboard had spent their Christmas and New Year at the resort. The plane had two Venezuelan crew members.

He said that two navy planes were conducting the search. He didn't provide the names of the Italian tourists.