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Italians join Venezuela's search for missing plane

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)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- 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.