Plane carrying Emiliano Sala has been found after underwater search

Plane carrying Emiliano Sala & its pilot has been found after underwater search

The plane that was carrying missing Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala has been found, his family has been told.

A search boat located the wreckage on the seabed of the English Channel this morning.

The Piper Malibu N264DB carrying 28-year-old Argentinian Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, disappeared over the Channel on January 21 after leaving Nantes in France for Cardiff.

An official search operation was called off on January 24 after Guernsey’s harbour master Captain David Barker said the chances of survival following such a long period were “extremely remote”.

But a privately funded search for the plane resumed this morning.

Argentinian striker Sala was signed by Cardiff for a club record £15million.

Fans paid tribute yesterday by laying scarfs, daffodils and caps ahead of their clash with Bournemouth, their first home game since Sala vanished. They won 2-0.

David Mearns, on behalf of the Sala’s family, confirmed the wreckage was located by his ship earlier.

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

“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police,” Mr Mearns said.

“Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”

Mr Mearns had been coordinating a privately-funded search, after £324,000 was raised in an online appeal.