The wreckage of the Piper Malibu N264DB plane which was lost on January 21 on its way from Nantes to Cardiff, carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala, was located in the English Channel on Sunday morning.
Cushions believed to be from the plane were previously found on a beach near Surtainville, on France's Cotentin Peninsula, last week.The families of Emiliano Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been notified by police. The discovery was made in a search operation privately-funded on behalf of the Sala family.
Working jointly with the AAIB, marine scientist David Mearns' ship and another search vessel, the Geo Ocean III, began combing a four square mile area of the channel, 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey. The AAIB ship has remained at the site where the missing Piper plane was located, to deploy an underwater search vehicle.The Air Accident Investigation Branch are now at the site to recover the plane. It is expected the wreckage to be soon recovered. Mr Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, claims to have located 24 major shipwrecks during his career. A fundraising to sustain the search raised more than £260,000. Cardiff had signed Sala for a club record £15m in January.