UPDATE: Emiliano Sala’s Missing Plane Found

Missing Cardiff City forward, Emiliano Sala’s plane has been found.

The plane carrying only the football player and its pilot, David Ibbotson was found in the English Channel on Sunday morning after two-weeks of its disappearance. Both men are presumed dead.

Sala, who became Cardiff’s record signing last month, was flying back to the Welsh capital when his plane mysteriously lost contact and disappeared over the English Channel. A search was initially started by the English authorities but was called off three days later after yielding no results.

Sala’s family, with the support of many (via a GoFundMe page) including Lionel Messi, Sergio aguero, Laurent Koschienly and the Argentine President,  continued the search for the missing plane and on Sunday morning, they got the results they were searching for.

Earlier reports had shown parts of the plane washing up to shore before the complete wreckage was discovered at the sea bed.

The wreckage of the plane has been positively identified and a more detailed report on the discovery will be given later today.

The player’s father, Horacio Sala told Cronica TV in Argentina:

“I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I’m desperate.

“I communicated with them every day, but since I do not have Whatsapp it’s hard to call them or call me.

“They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane.”


In the meantime, reactions have been pouring in:



The Air Accident Investigation Branch has revealed that in sighting the plane’s wreckage, a body was also seen still inside the plane. The AAIB revealed it in a statement earlier today, and also released the first picture of the underwater wreckage.

In a statement, the AAIB said:

“The remotely operated vehicle (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 the pilot and passenger, and the police.”

The AAIB added it intends to publish an interim report within a month of the date accident happened.


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