Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in Channel

Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in Channel

The private plane carrying missing Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala has been found on the seabed of the English Channel, according to reports.

A privately-funded search for the plane began in the United Kingdom on Sunday morning (local time), led by David Mearns, an American-born marine scientist based in southeast England.

Sala and Ibbotson disappeared on January 22 when the Piper Malibu aircraft carrying them from Nantes, France to Cardiff dropped off the radar over Guernsey.

Sala had just completed a £15m transfer to Cardiff City from French club Nantes.

Mr Mearns said both vessels would divide the search area in half, looking for "wreckage" and a "debris field" in a depth of 60-120m (196-390ft).

This is after an initial search was halted due to Guernsey officials admitting there was little chance of those on board surviving, however a privately-funded search was set up raising a staggering £324,000.

But a private search began after thousands of pounds were raised in a fundraising campaign, with many footballers offering donations.

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When the signing was announced, Sala said: "It gives me great pleasure and I can't wait to start training, meet my new teammates and get down to work".

"I said to the lads we've got to perform and I just thought the whole club was awesome".

"I just thought the whole club was incredible".

"I was all right until the final whistle and when I went on the pitch", Warnock said.

"Knowing the lad Emiliano as I did he would have been us with us today".

Cardiff's players, who sported daffodils embroidered on their shirts in Sala's honour, celebrated Reid's first goal by racing to the home dugout and holding up a blue shirt bearing Sala's photograph. "I can't begin to explain how hard it's been".

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