Emiliano Sala: Body Found In Plane Wreckage

by Samuel Abasi Posted on February 4th, 2019

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed an underwater video footage shows one occupant visible in the wreckage of the plane which was carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala.

The wreckage of the plane which was carrying the footballerwas found in the English Channelon Sunday morning after almost two weeks.

A private underwater search team located the aircraft and informed the families of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

David Mearns, who led the privately-funded search, confirmed the plane was identified by sonar off Guernsey at around 9am on Sunday.

MySportDab report AAIB officials arrived at the site to inspect the wreckage and have nowissued a statement.

They said: “Having identified a priority search area last week, the AAIB agreed a search strategy with Blue Water Recoveries Ltd to maximise the chance of locating the aircraft wreckage.

“The AAIB commissioned specialistvessel Geo Ocean III and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and thesearch area was divided between the vessels. Both vessels began their search on the morning of Sunday 3 February.

“Early in the search, the Morven identified an object of interest on the seabed using its side-scan sonar equipment. It cleared the immediate area for the Geo Ocean III to use its underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the area of the seabed in which the object was located. Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, registration N264DB.

“The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage.

“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of thepilot and passenger, and the police.

“The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of theaircraft registration.

“We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.”

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