Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Wreckage of plane carrying missing Emiliano Sala found

Wreckage of plane carrying missing Emiliano Sala found

A private-funded search mission found what is left of the aircraft at the seabed off Guernsey Island, an island in the English Channel off the cost of Normandy on Sunday morning, they told the media.

A spokesman for the AAIB said: "The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police".

Horacio was the only member of the Sala family to stay behind in Argentina as the others rushed to France to try to help with the search.

Argentine striker Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, disappeared on January 21 during a flight from Nantes in France to Cardiff.

'The AAIB commissioned specialist vessel Geo Ocean III and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and the search area was divided between the vessels.

The main search for the plane was called off after three days, but Sala's family launched a fundraiser that drew support from top footballers including Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero.

Oceanographer and marine scientist David Mearns confirmed the wreckage had been found about 63 meters underwater, after "a couple of hours" of searching the seabed.

The official search operation was ended on January 24 after Guernsey's harbour master, Captain David Barker, said "the chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote".

A further statement is expected on Monday.

He said the family were "desperately" hoping for the plane to be recovered, a move Mearns said was being considered by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

"I said to the lads: 'I know he's not here today, but Emiliano would have been proud of us all today'".

The plane was located following an extensive search of the area with a search boat positively identifying the aircraft after discovery on Sunday.

"We can now cover the area twice as fast with the two vessels".

Earlier on Sunday, players and fans at Cardiff City football club paid their respects to Sala before their match against Bournemouth.

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