Caracas, Venezuela, June 20, 2013 - The Venezuelan authorities have located the wreckage of YV2081, a Let-410 operated by the domestic airline TRANSAVEN, that went missing with 14 people onboard on January 4, 2008, while flying from Caracas to Los Roques.
The news were made public by Jorge Galindo, spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, via Twitter. "The wreckage was located 900 meters deep, nine miles from Los Roques" the twit said.
The Venezuelan Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, confirmed via Twitter also, that the wreckage found was the disappeared plane.
The discovery was made by an U.S. oceanographic ship which is in the area as part of an Italian - Venezuelan research project, said a government's press release.
According to the cited press release, the last that was heard from the plane was a distress call made by the pilot, which was picked by the "Gran Roque" control tower. Seven days after the disappearance, the copilot's body was found on the beaches near Falcon. The search for survivors was abandoned in March of that same year.
After the disappearance, TRANSAVEN faced legal difficulties which ended with an "administrative intervention" by the Civil Aeronautics Directorate. The investigations pointed out that the airline's planes were operating without basic safety equipment. However, TRANSAVEN and its subsidiary, Chapi Air Travel, resumed operations a couple of months later, under close supervision of the Civil Aeronautics Directorate.
By November 2008, the government began to search for the missing plane again, but without results.
The 14 people aboard the aircraft were: Stephen Bessil (pilot), Osmer Alfredo Avila (copilot), Patricia Alcala, Rubis and Issa Karina Rodriguez; also onboard were the Italian and Swiss citizens: Bruno Guernieri, Paolo Durante, Sophia Durante, Emma During Stefano Frangiorne, Fabiola Napoli, Rita Calanni, Analissa Montanatti and Alexander Nierman.
(With information from El Mundo.)