Investigators find body in wreckage of plane carrying Emiliano Sala

Missing footballer Emiliano Sala's plane wreckage found

Wreckage of plane carrying missing Emiliano Sala found

It was previously announced that a privately funded search of a four square mile stretch 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey began on Sunday morning, with the aforementioned vessels using radar technology in hope of recovering the plane.

In a statement on Monday, the AAIB 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.

Both Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, are missing presumed dead.

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing while flying over the English channel on January 21.

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Ross Taylor of A-to-Sea Solutions - the survey ship used to locate the wreck - said the crew found the missing plane on its third "line" of the search area.

After rescuers and Guernsey police called off the official search, Sala's sister, Romina, organised a GoFundMe page that led to a private search being started, and which eventually found the plane.

The AAIB confirmed that the remains of one person were visible within the wreckage but did not say whether they were those of the Argentine striker or the British father-of-three.

David Mearns, who ran the private operation, said on Twitter the families of Emiliano Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson, were notified of the discovery.

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The plane had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

The American marine scientist behind the hunt for the wreckage of Emiliano Sala's plane has promised he'll find answers, but warned that the plane has "clearly broken up".

FPV Morven, the vessel, that was responsible for the breakthrough, was using side-scan sonar and was able to locate the wreckage "within about an hour and a half of searching" on Sunday, Mearns said.

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The first breakthrough in the search for the plane came on January 31 when cushions believed to be from the plane were found on a beach near Surtainville, on France's Cotentin Peninsula.

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