Body found in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage

Sherman Parsons
February 4, 2019

Mr Mearns added: "The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police".

Further underwater searches have been taking place today, and it has now been confirmed that one occupant has been seen in the wreckage.

"Having identified a priority search area last week, the AAIB agreed a search strategy with Blue Water Recoveries Ltd to maximise the chance of locating the aircraft wreckage", the statement said.

Sala and Ibbotson are missing and presumed to have died in the incident.

Outside of the stadium, fans left flowers, signed jerseys and other mementos honoring Sala, who signed for a club-record fee of almost $20 million on January 19 from FC Nantes in France.

He announced the discovery two weeks after the plane went missing over the Channel as it flew from France to Wales.

He told local broadcaster Cronica TV: "I can not believe it".

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The private search team, that was crowd-funded after pleas from Sala's family to continue, discovered the wreckage on Sunday morning of the aircraft which carried the Cardiff club-record signing and Ibbotson.

"I talk to them every day", he said. The search was narrowed down to just four square miles, with the plane's remnants eventually located some 24 miles north of the island.

The family of the Argentine player - who earned Cardiff's biggest-ever fee of a reported £15m - has fundraised tens of thousands of pounds for the private search by deep sea expert David Mearns.

Formal search by British authorities for the single-engine plane was called off January 24 as the "chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote", Guernsey police Harbour Master Capt. David Barker said in a statement.

At the moment, Sala's family members alongside the pilot have been contacted regarding the development, as experts from the Air Accident Investigation Branch are being mobilized to recover the plane from the scene.

Cushions, which were believed to have been from the plane, were located on a beach near Surtainville in north-western France by a walker on Monday.

The initial debris was found more than a week after the plane went missing.

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