The plan that was carrying Cardiff City new signing Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been found in the English Channel, confirmed by Search Director.
Sala had joined the Premier League side on a club record fee from the French side Nantes on January 19. However, the plane with the striker and the pilot Ibbotson on board disappeared while flying over the English Channel on January 21.
Guernsey police started looking for the missing plane and three days later the search was cancelled with the officials declaring that the survival of the two was extremely unlikely.
GoFundMe page was started with the objective of collecting money for a privately-funded search of the two individuals. The search team led by Director David Mearns, located the wreckage at 24 miles away from Guernsey, on the seabed of English Channel at 9 AM on Sunday. The respective families have been notified about the same.
“The wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson has been located,” Mearns told Sky News.
“It was located earlier this morning by my crew on board the Morven and, as in agreement with the AAIB as soon as the plane was located and the position was passed to them their vessel, the GEO Ocean III, then moved in over the wreckage and have been conducting ROV
(remotely operated vehicle) investigations.”
“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.”
“All I will say about the wreckage is there is a substantial amount of wreckage on the seabed.”
The English side paid tribute to the striker before the kick-off at Cardiff City stadium against Bournemouth. Furthermore, the first goalscorer Bobby Reid celebrated the goal by lifting a shirt with a picture of Sala on it.