WRECKAGE: Investigators confirm body in plane during search for Emiliano Sala

SEABED SEARCH: Missing plane found on the seabed of the English Channel CREDIT: @sportbible

AIR investigators have confirmed there is a body inside the wreckage of the plane found during the search for ex-Palma de Soledad youth squad footballer, Emiliano Sala.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) launched an investigation after the aircraft was lost at sea on January 21, while travelling over the English Channel from Nantes, France to Cardiff.

Sala, 28, had been signed by Cardiff City for a club record €17 million.

The light aircraft was being piloted by David Ibbotson, 59, who is also missing.

On Sunday, a privately funded search team working closely with the AAIB, found wreckage of the plane on the seabed, which experts confirmed was the missing Piper Malibu.

In a statement, the AAIB said: “Tragically, in video footage from the remotely operated vehicle (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 air investigator’s intention is to recover the body inside and if feasible, the aircraft wreckage.

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