Search team hopeful of finding the wreckage of missing footballer's plane

1:17                                            Neil Warnock has revealed Cardiff were close to signing a mystery player from abroad before he priced himself out of

1:17 Neil Warnock has revealed Cardiff were close to signing a mystery player from abroad before he priced himself out of

A fresh search for the plane that was carrying missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala began on Sunday morning.

Marine scientist David Mearns, who led the search boat, confirmed his findings on Twitter, positively identifying the Malibu Piper aircraft.

Sala was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff in the small passenger plane when it disappeared from radars on January 21st.

However, a privately-funded search was set up online, with around £324,000 being raised.

He said: "The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police".

"The plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson has been found".

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

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Mearns said: "This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families".




"They didn't want to come in after what's happened".

There was a series of tributes before kick-off with Sala's photograph appearing on the front cover of the matchday programme and the two captains, Sol Bamba and Andrew Surman, laying floral tributes on the halfway line.

The plane had requested to descend then lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

"I said to the lads "We have got to perform".

Cushions, which were believed to have been from the plane, were located on a beach near Surtainville in north-western France by a walker on Monday.

In the interview area after the game the veteran boss was preparing to take questions from the BBC, and was heard telling the man with the microphone: "Match of the Day?"

Bobby Reid of Cardiff City celebrated his goal against Bournemouth by paying tribute to Emiliano Sala.

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