Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Wreckage from plane carrying Cardiff signing Emiliano Sala found

Wreckage from plane carrying Cardiff signing Emiliano Sala found

Wreckage from a plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala has been discovered in the English Channel.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch are at the site to recover the plane.

He told local broadcaster Cronica TV: "I can not believe it". This is a dream. "A bad dream. I'm desperate", Horacio Sala, the father of Emiliano told Cronica TV in Argentina.

The tweets from Mearns reflected the information Sky News said he told them in Guernsey in the English Channel Islands. "We think we have got double the chance of finding something".

He said it was a "possibility" that the bodies of Sala and the pilot would be found among the plane wreckage.

Oceanographer and marine scientist David Mearns confirmed the wreckage had been found on Sunday after "a couple of hours" of searching the seabed.

'We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring'.

The body was picked up on the vehicle's underwater cameras. "They saw the registration number".

Rescue workers suspended the official search for the aircraft last Thursday after an intensive hunt involving planes and boats failed to locate it. "If they can handle the conditions ... then hopefully they will get some more information about how they would attempt that recovery".

- David Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. "There's a number of things the AAIB have to consider, but their main role is to conduct their investigation on what caused this crash".

A spokesman for the island of Guernsey said that Mr Sala's family are not now on the island.

Cardiff City's programme for their Bournematch match with an image of Emiliano Sala on the cover.

It added it was now considering the next steps.

The aircraft that had been carrying 28-year-old Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson (59) disappeared as it passed Guernsey and Alderney on 21 January after leaving Nantes in France for Cardiff.

The plane had requested to descend then lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

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.

A few days later, seat cushions believed to be from the missing plane were found on a beach near Surtainville, on the northwest coast of France.

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