Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Photos released: Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying Emiliano Sala

Photos released: Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying Emiliano Sala

The plane carrying Cardiff City's new signing Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson has been found on the seabed north of Guernsey.

In a statement, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said they had concluded the wreckage of a plane on the seabed near Guernsey was that of the missing aircraft carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and that a body was visible inside.

In a statement released today, January 4, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reported that they deployed a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the wreckage, where they verified that the plane type and registration matched that of the aircraft the two men were travelling in. "'We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring", they added.

Mearns said his private company, Blue Water Recoveries, had found the wreckage before calling in the AAIB to take a closer look. On Sunday morning it managed to search an area of four nautical miles (around eight kilometres) of the English Channel and detected the plane 63 metres underwater using the boat's sonar equipment.

The aircraft which has the Argentine star and his pilot David Ibbotson was sighted in the English Channel for the first time since it disappeared on January 21 according to Daily Mail citing Sky Sports.

Yesterday Mearns tweeted: "The families of Emiliano Sala and (pilot) David Ibbotson have been notified by police".

Sala´s father Horacio spoke of his shock from his home in Progreso, Argentina, telling Cronica TV: "I can´t believe it. It´s a bad dream".

But Sala's family launched a crowd-funding campaign for a private search, which raised over 300,000 euros.

Ross Taylor of A-to-Sea Solutions - the survey ship used to locate the wreck - said the crew found the missing plane on its third "line" of the search area.

A growing number of items, such as scarves, flowers and football shirts, have been laid around the statue of the club's FA Cup-winning captain Fred Keenor over the past two weeks.

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

Two goals from Bobby Reid handed Cardiff a 2-0 win on Saturday in what was an emotional game for the hosts, playing their first match at home since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala.

Manager Neil Warnock was overcome with emotion at the end of the match and said, "I'm really proud, and I'm sure he would have been".

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