Plane Carrying Cardiff City's Emiliano Sala Has Reportedly Been Found

The plane that was carrying missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala has reportedly been found, his family has been told.

A search boat recovered the wreckage on the seabed of the English channel this morning, according to Sky News.

Both 28-year-old Sala and the aircraft's pilot Dave Ibbotson, 59, are missing presumed dead.

The plane, which was travelling from Nantes - where Sala's previous club is based - disappeared from radars on January 21.

He was on his way to meet new teammates at Cardiff after signing a £15 million transfer deal from the French club.

Wreaths and flowers in memory of Emiliano Sala, in front of the Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes. Credit: PA
Wreaths and flowers in memory of Emiliano Sala, in front of the Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes. Credit: PA

But earlier today renowned shipwreck hunter, David Mearns, launched a survey vessel and discovered the aircraft on the seabed of the English Channel.

Recalling the discovery, Mearns told Sky Sports News: "Our job is done. This is an active investigation now in the hands of the AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch), and they will be taking over as agreed.

David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, who led a team on the search vessel. Credit: PA
David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, who led a team on the search vessel. Credit: PA

"We've had a long trip back and all I could think about was the families. This is what they wanted us to do, we've achieved it and that's the best we could have hoped for - the best outcome.

"An incredibly tragic and sad, and a devastating moment, but at least some of their questions will be answered because of what we will be able to do today."

The official search for the two men was called off on January 24 when Guernsey Police confirmed that they were 'no longer actively searching' for the plane.

Days ago Sala's former club, Nantes, stopped their first home game in the ninth minute against Saint Etienne in honour of Sala.

His old teammates all wore his number - nine - on the back of their shirts and a huge banner was placed in the centre-circle of the pitch.

The players and staff, along with the fans in the stands then erupted into a wonderful applause.

Nantes manager, Vahid Halilhodzic, was visibly upset and struggled to hold back tears as he watched on from the bench.

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