“As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”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, 2019The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019Mearns later said on Sky News: “This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families.”But tonight they have heard devastating news and, in respect of the families, I won’t comment any further about what has happened.”An underwater search had begun earlier on Sunday, involving the AAIB and a privately funded vessel.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.It is 10 days since Guernsey Police ceased looking for the Piper Malibu aircraft, which Sala was aboard with Ibbotson.The plane went missing over the English Channel en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21. The AAIB confirmed to Omnisport the debris had been located, with an official statement to follow Monday as attempts to recover the aircraft begin.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning (Sunday) by the FPV MORVEN,” Mearns wrote on Twitter. Related News The wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala which disappeared has been found in the English Channel, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed.David Mearns, who is coordinating the privately funded search for the aircraft which was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, stated the wreckage was discovered Sunday morning and added their families have been informed. Seat cushions ‘likely’ from Emiliano Sala’s missing plane recovered Sala, 28, had just completed a transfer to Cardiff City and had been back in France bidding farewell to his former teammates at Ligue 1 side Nantes.Initial search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without finding any trace of the plane, before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.The Guernsey harbormaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival “extremely remote”, but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family’s calls to fund a private search operation that has been headed up by Mearns.
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