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Emiliano Sala: Missing Cardiff City footballer’s plane found


Emiliano Sala’s father describes anguish after missing Premier League footballer’s plane found

Wreckage of the plane carrying the missing Cardiff City footballer was discovered in the English Channel.

The plane that was carrying the missing Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala has been found, his family has been told.

A search boat located the wreckage on the seabed of the English Channel this morning.
The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared from radars close to the Channel Islands on 22 January.

Both pilot David Ibbotson and the Argentinian footballer are missing presumed dead.
Sala had just completed a £15m transfer to Cardiff City from French club Nantes.

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Mr Mearns, the director of Blue Water Recoveries, led a team on the vessel FPV Morven while the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) also sent a team aboard its Geo Ocean III.

He said: “This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families.

“But tonight they have heard devastating news and in respect of the families I won’t comment any further about what has happened.”

Mr Mearns later tweeted “our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David”, adding that the AAIB would be making a statement on Monday.

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Earlier on Sunday, Mr Mearns said the AAIB had a “high confidence level” the plane would be in the search zone.

It has been an anxious and heartbreaking time for the Argentinian striker’s family since his aircraft disappeared.

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