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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.
Private investigators have told Sky News they have located the wreckage of the aircraft which disappeared over the English Channel carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson
- Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) February 3, 2019
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.
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.
"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."
3.15pm Update.- Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019
Please read the attached statement.
Unless there is a significant development, there will be no further updates pic.twitter.com/jbEIFMB3zi
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.
Play is stopped with nine minutes on the clock in honour of Emiliano Sala :yellow_heart::green_heart: pic.twitter.com/o42QRDxKaI- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 30, 2019
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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