Body found in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage

Body found in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage

Body found in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage

The wreckage of the plane that went missing while carrying Cardiff City's record signing Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been found on the seabed of the English Channel, the UK's Air Accidents Investigations Branch [AAIB] has confirmed to ESPN.

'Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. Investigators have said there are some questions about Ibbotson's pilot's license, which may not have permitted him to carry passengers for profit.

Currently, both 28-year-old Sala and the aircraft's pilot Dave Ibbotson, 59, are missing presumed dead.

Footage from the wreckage of the Piper Malibu aircraft where Emiliano Sala was flying in before it went missing.

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

Sala was being flown on the evening of January 21 from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff after being signed by the Welsh capital's Premier League team.

He said that the reason why it was spotted so quickly was that the plane lay very close to the "datum position", the last known coordinates that they were guided by.

A privately-funded search operation is yet to announce the exact location of the wreckage, although the floor of the western Channel is generally 200 to 400 feet deep.

An image released by the AAIB shows the wreckage of the doomed flight that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala.

Mearns, an American-born marine scientist and shipwreck-hunting specialist, says the families have been notified, adding: 'This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families, but tonight they've heard devastating news'.

An official search operation was called off on 24 January after Guernsey's harbourmaster, Capt David Barker, said the chances of survival following such a long period were "extremely remote".

Cardiff paid tribute to Sala by beating Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League on an emotional evening in the Welsh capital on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

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