Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in Channel

Wreckage of plane carrying missing Emiliano Sala found

A body has been confirmed found within the plane wreckage that carried footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, on the seabed of the English Channel.

"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage".

Mearns said that the wreckage was located by a search vessel provided by Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and manned by his own crew.

He says the families have been notified by police.

Programme notes, penned by owner Vincent Tan and the rest of the Bluebirds´ board, said events had shaken "Cardiff City to its very core" and that they were now playing for Sala and pilot Ibbotson.

"There´s a substantial amount of wreckage on the seabed", he wrote, adding: "This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families".

'I can not believe it.

Formal search by British authorities for the single-engine plane was called off January 24 as the "chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote", Guernsey police Harbour Master Capt. David Barker said in a statement.

The 28-year-old played for Nantes in France's Ligue 1 and had just been signed by Cardiff's Premier League team.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a private undersea search and quickly racked up over €300,000 (US$342,000), surpassing its target.

David Mearns, who led a privately-funded search for the aircraft, said it was located off Guernsey on Sunday.

"The next step is down to the the AAIB", he said Monday, before air investigators had released their statement.

An initial search for the plane was abandoned after four days after nothing was found.

Public pleas from Sala's family, however, as well as a crowdfunding campaign that received contributions from several notable soccer stars including Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, led to the search being restarted on January 27.

Cardiff City won 2-0 against Bouremouth on Saturday evening, and goalscorer Bobby Reid held up a jersey with Sala's face on it after scoring the first goal of the game.

They went through various stages of identification through the course of today, and David Mearns, the man leading that private search, confirmed to me that they have now positively identified the wreckage as that of the plane that had been carrying the Argentinian footballer.

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