Wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s plane has been found

The vanished plane of Emiliano Sala has been found, the wreckage of the plane which the Argentine footballer was on board has been found within hours of a new search, in the sea off the Channel Islands. 

Search boat

Sala’s Argentine family, with the help of a crowd funding appeal, hired a private search boat, and they have located the wreckage.

The search boat crew passed the details of the location on to government investigators, who used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to examine the spot.

David Mearns, a ship wreck specialist, has said the plane has been discovered, but no other immediate official confirmation of what was found on the shipwreck has been made known.

No information about whether any bodies were in the plane was given. Two seat covers from the aircraft washed up last week on the coast of France.

UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will probably make a statement on Monday.

The Piper Malibu N264DB carrying 28-year-old Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson, 59, disappeared over the Channel on 21 January after leaving Nantes in France at about 7.15pm for Cardiff.

 

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