Plane Seats 'Likely' From Emiliano Sala's Missing Plane Have Been Found

Plane seats potentially from the aircraft that was carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala have been found, according to reports.

According to reports possible wreckage from the aircraft has been found on a beach in France.

BBC reporter Dan Roan said in a tweet that French authorities were dealing with the find and that it had been confirmed the parts were 'likely' from the plane carrying the Argentine player and pilot, David Ibbotson.

He said: "Air Accidents Investigation Branch says French counterparts found part of a seat cushion on beach nr Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula.

"A 2nd cushion was found in the same area and they have concluded its 'likely' they are from missing aircraft that carried Emiliano Sala."

Striker Sala had only just signed for the Bluebirds for £15 million on Saturday (January 19) and was travelling from Nantes - where his previous club is based - to meet up with his new teammates in Wales.

The plane went missing on Monday, 21 January and has not been seen since. Credit: PA
The plane went missing on Monday, 21 January and has not been seen since. Credit: PA

However, the small plane that he was travelling on disappeared from radar visibility near to the Channel Islands at about 8.30pm on Monday, 21 January, and has not been seen since.

Following the news, fans travelled to Cardiff City's stadium to lay tributes to the lost player.

Rescue teams had been out searching for the lost plane, however Guernsey Police confirmed last week they are 'no longer actively searching' for the plane.

At the time of the disappearance, Sala's new club sent their condolences to the footballer's friends and family.

The statement read: "We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing.

"We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team.

Fans have been laying tributes to the lost footballer outside the Cardiff City stadium. Credit: PA
Fans have been laying tributes to the lost footballer outside the Cardiff City stadium. Credit: PA

"Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.

"We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire Club with Emiliano and the pilot.

"All of us at Cardiff City FC would like to thank our fans, and the entire footballing family for their support at this difficult time.

"We continue to pray for positive news."

Cardiff played Arsenal last night and in honour of the player he was included in the squad named on the match day programme.

Following the match, the team's manager Neil Warnock said he was 'proud' of his players and the club.

He said: "We spoke about it before the kick-off: for Emiliano we ought to try to put a performance in.

"I know we've lost a game of football, but there are other more important things.

"I can't explain how it's been this week. You've not really wanted to get out of bed, because you know what's coming.

"Everything was really miserable. Nobody could actually do anything about it. I'm proud to be their manager."

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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