Wreckage Of Plane Carrying Emiliano Sala Found In English Channel

Tanuja Saikhom | 4 months ago

The wreckage of the plane that was carrying the missing Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala, which was disappeared from radar, has been found in the English Channel.

The Piper Malibu N264DB was lost on the night of 21 January on its way from Nantes to Cardiff, with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board. A privately-funded search rescue operation has been carried out after Guernsey Police stopped looking for the missing plane. 

Shipwreck hunter David Mearns, who led the privately-funded search said the plane was located by sonar on Sunday. The families of the 28-year-old Argentinian striker and Ibbotson, 59, have been notified by police, he added.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch would conduct further investigations at the site in a couple of days in order to undergo recovery operation.

The Bluebirds signed Sala for a club record of £15m and he was due to join the training session with his new club in January. Guernsey Police started a rescue operation and called off the search after three days, citing remote chances of survival.

Last week a woman found suspected debris, two seat cushions near Surtainville on France's Cotentin Peninsula.

Fans paid tribute to Sala before Cardiff's match against Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday. The home side sealed a clean sheet 2-0 victory on the home ground.