Body discovered in wreckage of plane carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala

Body discovered in wreckage of plane carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala

Body discovered in wreckage of plane carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala

According to the Sky News broadcaster, a team of private investigators has located the wreckage of the aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

Working jointly with the AAIB, Mr Mearns's ship and another search vessel, the Geo Ocean III, began combing a four square mile area of the channel, 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey.

An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveyed the seabed and confirmed an object was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, with the registration N264DB visible in a picture of the fuselage released Monday.

"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage", the British government's Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement. The AAIB have not been able to identify whether the individual in the plane is Sala or Ibbotson, however, but are working with the police and the families of both men to determine the next steps of the investigation.

After seat cushions from the flight washed up on a beach in France last week, the plane was found in the English Channel on Sunday.

He said that: "I can not believe it".

"Early in the search, the Morven identified an object of interest on the seabed using its side-scan sonar equipment", a statement read.

Sala's grieving father Horacio, told reporters in the Argentinian town of Progreso said that he wished if all this was a bad dream, "I can not believe it, this is a dream, a bad dream, I'm desperate".

Rescuers and Guernsey police called off the search after few days of no results, but sister of Emiliano Sala organized GoFundMe page and led to private search being started and eventually found the plane.

Sala had been having an exceptional season with Nantes in Ligue 1 and had netted 12 league goals in 19 appearances to earn his £15 million ($20m) move to Cardiff.

"I communicated with them every day, but since I do not have Whatsapp it's hard to call them or call me".

"(Sala's family is) desperate to see that the plane is recovered so they can conduct a forensic examination to discover what caused the crash, and all the more now that there is a body", Mearns said.

Footage has emerged of Cardiff manager Neil Warnock saying "Tell Gary Lineker to f*ck off" when speaking to a reporter from the BBC after his side's victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

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