The search for 28-year-old Argentinian footballer is finally over.
The wreckage of the small plane carrying the Argentine soccer striker Emiliano Sala and his pilot, David Ibbotson, has been found in the English Channel after aircraft’s seat cushions were discovered on a French beach. The aeroplane disappeared over the English Channel, departing from Nantes, and was headed for Cardiff.
According to shipwreck specialist who made the discovery, it is possible that footballer’s body along with the pilot is among the debris.
Meanwhile, David Mearns, a maritime scientist whose team led the private search put out a statement on Twitter:
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. #EmilianoSala
— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019
After the wreckage was discovered in the English Channel, Mr Mearns told Sky News, “This is about the best result we could’ve hoped for the families, but tonight they’ve heard devastating news. The private investigation took place thanks to a GoFundMe, started by a sports agency, Sports Cover generated €371,397.
Here’s a final tweet from the 28-year old footballer:
— Emiliano Sala (@EmilianoSala1) January 21, 2019
(Image Credits: Emiliano Sala’s Instagram)