- Underwater searches using specialist vessels uncovered the wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft.
- The missing footballer Emiliano Sala along with the pilot Ibbotson has been located by UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
- The private search mission was financed through a crowdfunding campaign.
On February 3, the wreckage of the plane which was carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala has been discovered.
According to CCN, the underwater searches using specialist vessels uncovered an “object of interest” on the seabed. A remotely operated vehicle surveyed the area and, based on analysis of the video footage, investigators concluded that the object was wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft.
Sala, 28, and the 59-year-old Ibbotson were flying in the single-turbine aircraft from Nantes, in northern France, to Cardiff in Wales, when it disappeared from radar near the Channel Islands on January 21. The plane that had requested descent on passing Guernsey, but disappeared from radar at about 2,300 feet.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said it was considering its next steps in consultation with the police and families of Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson.