Wreckage from plane carrying Cardiff signing Emiliano Sala found

In this image released Monday Feb. 4 2019 by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala when it disappea

In this image released Monday Feb. 4 2019 by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala when it disappea

"Wreckage of the plane carrying Emialiano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN", Mearns tweet read".

The leader of that search team, Mearns, said they would be looking for wreckage and a debris field 120m below the sea's surface, and stated: "We will continue to work until the plane is located".

Teams from the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have now moved into location at the site to recover the aircraft.

Sala was travelling from France to join up with Cardiff City in a light aircraft when it disappeared. "But anyway, they kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane", he said. The wreckage has since been identified as from the missing plane.

'I want to help them, as simple as that, any way we can, ' said Mearns, speaking on Guernsey on Saturday.

The main search for the plane was called off after three days, but Sala's family launched a fundraiser that drew support from top footballers including Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero.

It has been an anxious and heartbreaking time for the Argentinian striker's family since his plane disappeared.

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Just after an hour into the flight, pilot Dave Ibbotson, 60, asked air traffic control to reduce altitude from 5,000 ft to 2,300 feet.

A private search mission, funded by Sala's family, had been focussed on an area of 25sq nautical mile area of north of Alderney in the Channel Islands.

"They carried out further passes over that area to pinpoint and have a closer look".

Search director David Mearns confirmed the news on Twitter.

The previous significant update from the AAIB had come when seat cushions thought to be from the plane were found on a beach in northern France on Wednesday.

An official search operation was called off on 24 January after Guernsey's harbourmaster, Capt David Barker, said the chances of survival following such a long period were "extremely remote".

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