Photos released: Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying Emiliano Sala

By Odero Charles: Monday, February 4th 2019 at 15:35 GMT +3 | Football
AAIB photo showing the found aircraft tail of N264DB (Picture: SWNS)

A body has been found in the wreckage of the plane which was carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said.

In a statement, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said they had concluded the wreckage of a plane on the seabed near Guernsey was that of the missing aircraft carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and that a body was visible inside.

Sala was travelling from France to join up with his new club, Premier League side Cardiff City, in a light aircraft on January 21 when it went missing close to the Channel Islands.

An image has been released showing the body of the aircraft underwater.

"Based on analysis of ROV (underwater remotely operated vehicle) video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft," Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement.

The pilot of the missing plane, Dave Ibbotson. Credit: Facebook/Dave Ibbotson

"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police."

The wreckage was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search which began after suspected debris from the plane washed up on the Normandy coastline in France last Wednesday.

David Mearns, a renowned marine scientist and oceanographer, on Sunday night revealed that his team located the plane's wreckage that morning, not long after they set off from Guernsey.

Sala was flying in the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane after transferring from French team Nantes in a 17 million euro ($19.3 million) move. Top footballers were among more than 4,500 contributors to a crowd funding page that raised over 300,000 euros ($343,000) to look for the wreck.


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