Wreckage Of Sala’s Missing Plane Found

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The wreckage of a missing plane carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot was found on Sunday.

David Mearns, a marine scientist, who led a privately-funded search on behalf of the Sala family, confirmed this via a post on his Twitter handle.

“Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN,” Mearns tweeted.

“As agreed with AAIB, they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”

Mearns noted that there is “a substantial amount of wreckage on the seabed,” adding that “This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families.”

The British aviation authorities also confirmed the sighting of the plane’s wreckage.

“I can confirm it has been found,” a spokeswoman for Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) told the AFP on Sunday.

The spokesperson said the AAIB would issue a statement on Monday.

Sala was travelling from France to join up with his new club, Premier League side Cardiff City, in a light aircraft, Piper Malibu N264DB, on January 21, when it went missing close to the Channel Islands.

Suspected debris from the plane washed up on the Normandy coastline in France last Wednesday.

Sala was flying in the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane after transferring from French team Nantes in a €17 million move.

It vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey, with pilot Dave Ibbotson the only other person aboard.

Top footballers were among more than 4,500 contributors to a crowdfunding page that raised over $343,000 to look for the wreck.

The AAIB ship has remained at the site where the missing plane was located, to deploy an underwater search vehicle to make a visual confirmation.
 

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