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Plane Of Missing Player Emiliano Sala Found

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Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, in Nantes jersey, against Montpellier on January 9, 2018 in La Beaujoire
 

The aeroplane that was carrying Emiliano Sala was on Sunday found in the English Channel, following a two-week search for the aircraft that was carrying the footballer.

Sala was aboard the Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft on January 22 as he flew from Nantes to Wales after completing a 15m pounds  ($19.8m) transfer to Cardiff City.

The 28-year-old had flown back to France to say goodbye to his team-mates and was on his way back to the United Kingdom when the plane disappeared from radar.

The wreckage of the plane that vanished with footballer Emiliano Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson, on board was found within hours of a search starting in the sea off the Channel Islands.

A search boat hired privately by Sala’s Argentinian family – thanks partly to crowdfunding appeal – located the wreckage on Sunday morning.

The crew passed the details of the location on to government investigators, who used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to examine the spot.

There was no immediate official confirmation of what was found but the shipwreck specialist leading the private investigation, David Mearns, said the plane had been discovered.

No information about whether any bodies were in the plane was given. Two seat covers from the aircraft washed up last week on the coast of France.

UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will probably make a statement on Monday.


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Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.