Body Found In The Plane Carrying Emiliano Sala, Says AAIB

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has revealed that a body has been found in the wreckage of the plane carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala.

The 28-year-old Argentine forward was travelling on the aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson, which went missing over the Channel Islands last month.

According to Sky Sports, the AAIB has underwater video footage and found that 'one occupant [is] visible' in the wreckage.

Credit: Twitter/Sky Sports
Credit: Twitter/Sky Sports

"The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage," the AAIB said in a statement.

"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 the pilot and passenger, and the police."

The search for the former Nantes star and the 59-year-old pilot made a major breakthrough after the Piper Malibu plane was found on the seabed off Guernsey.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

BBC reports that oceanographer and marine scientist David Mearns revealed that the wreckage from the plane had been found on the seabed after "a couple of hours" of searching.

The footballing world has been in mourning over the disappearance of the Cardiff City player, who signed for the Premier League club in the January transfer window.

Paris Saint-Germain fans sang the footballer's name during a match at the Parc des Princes, while Arsenal included a touching tribute to Sala in their match-day programme for the Cardiff City match.

SPORTbible would like to send out its condolences to the families and friends of Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson during this difficult time.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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