'Body Visible' In Wreckage Of Emiliano Sala Plane, Investigators Say

'Body Visible' In Wreckage Of Emiliano Sala Plane, Investigators Say

'Body Visible' In Wreckage Of Emiliano Sala Plane, Investigators Say

'The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said underwater video footage shows one occupant visible.

He says the families have been notified by police.

Asked if the bodies of Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson were onboard, Mearns said: "That's a possibility and they'll be planning for that".

Responding to news of the discovery, Sala's father, Horacio, said: "I can not believe it".

The Piper Malibu N264DB was found in waters north of Guernsey on Sunday - 13 days after it disappeared after leaving Nantes in France for Cardiff.

Sala's distraught dad told local broadcaster Crónica TV that "he can not believe it".

A statement is expected on Monday, February 4, from AAIB regarding the findings.


Sala was flying to Cardiff after transferring from French team Nantes in a 17 million euro ($19.3 million) move - a record deal for the Welsh team.

The official search operation was called off on January 24 after Guernsey's harbor master, Captain David Barker, said "the chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote".

The plane was located following an extensive search of the area with a search boat positively identifying the aircraft after discovery on Sunday.

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.

The search operation consists of a privately-funded team led by renowned underwater explorer David Mearns, who announced the wreckage had been found by the FPV Morven survey vessel early on Sunday.

Sala was travelling from France to join up with Cardiff City in a light aircraft when it disappeared.

Several players paid tributes to the striker before the matches, with the Cardiff itself giving a heartfelt tribute to the Argentinean in the club's first home game since his disappearance on Saturday.

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