Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala

Wreckage of plane carrying missing Emiliano Sala found

Wreckage of plane carrying missing Emiliano Sala found

In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) 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 disappeared from radar contact on January 21 2019.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mearns added: "Our job is done".

The 28-year-old forward had been en route from Nantes in western France to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on January 21.

It is not clear at this stage whether the body discovered is Sala's or Ibbotson's.

The main search for the plane was called off after three days, but Sala's family launched a fund-raising initiative that led to Mearns bringing his expertise to the mission.

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the footage was filmed using an underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) which was surveying the area after the plane was located on Sunday.

David Mearns, whose private company, Blue Water Recoveries, was hired by Sala's family to search for the plane, said on Twitter that the wreckage was spotted early Sunday. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow.

Sala's grieving father Horacio, told reporters in the Argentinian town of Progreso said that he wished if all this was a bad dream, "I can not believe it, this is a dream, a bad dream, I'm desperate".

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The Argentine striker just signed for Premier League club Cardiff in a club-record deal worth £15million before returning to his French side Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates and staff.

The investigators located the wreckage on the seabed of the English Channel and afterwards communicated the latest development to the families of those on board.

An online appeal started by Sala's agent had raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for the private search, which Mr Mearns offered to help with.

"They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane".

At its first home game since the plane disappeared, Cardiff paid tribute to Sala before a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Sala´s name, in the Argentina colours, was also spelled out behind one of the goals as supporters held cards aloft.

Programme notes, penned by owner Vincent Tan, said events had shaken "Cardiff City to its very core".

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