As we slowly approach the one week mark, authorities have more questions than answers about the plane Missoni CEO Vittorio Missoni was flying in when it disappeared off the coast of Venezuela.
The particular Britten-Norman Islander in question was 44 years old, and had been previously used by the Rajneesh Bhagwan organizations and the Oregon State Police.
In that time, there were two incidents, including a hard landing in Maui back in 1977, and then a few years later in 1982, the plane’s left brake and wheel were ablaze on takeoff due to worn brake lines.
However, the president of the Aviation Safety Network explained that these are just incidents and don’t mean the Islander was unsafe, even though it is the third oldest ever built.
Out of the 1200 Islanders that were made, 259 have been lost, but some of those are due to hangar fires and natural disasters. That’s still 20 percent of the planes though!
The prez also added that in 2008, an airplane went missing on the same route Missoni was on, but going the other way.
Our thoughts remain with the family and hope they get some answers sooner rather than later.
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