EMILIANO SALA: Cardiff footballer’s plane found

The wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala has been found in the English Channel by a private search boat hired by the footballer’s family.

The aircraft containing Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing on the 21st of January following a flight from Nantes with the intention of heading to Cardiff.

The search was led by David Mearns who said it was located off Guernsey on Sunday.

He tweeted: “Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.

“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”

The Argentinian striker joined the Bluebirds from Nantes for a club record fee believed to be around the £15m mark.

Sala had turned down an approach from the Chinese Super League in order to sign for Cardiff as it was his dream to play in the Premier League.

Cardiff beat Bournemouth comfortably on Saturday with a double from Bobby Reid securing the three points in the Welsh Capital.

Tributes were paid to the striker as a minutes silence was held in honour of him before kick off with his picture displayed on the big screen. The players of Cardiff also wore shirts with his face on during the warm up to show their support for their teammate.


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