The plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson has been found
He went missing on the night of Monday January 21.
The aircraft that was carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala when it went down over the English Channel has been found.
The official rescue operation was called off by Guernsey Police after 24 hours of extensive searching, but a GoFundMe page raised enough money to fund a private search for the missing persons, which has now been concluded.
The plane was found at the bed of the English channel, and a UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch vessel remains in the area.
Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala
— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019
The wreckage was located on the seabed of the English Channel earlier this morning and has now been positively identified - search boat led by @davidlmearns made the discovery. The @aaibgovuk vessel remains in the area to oversee recovery.
— Tom Parmenter (@TomSkyNews) February 3, 2019
When Guernsey Police called off the official search, Harbour Master Captain David Barker said that they had "reviewed all the information to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search."
"The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote," they added.
Sala's family then started a GoFundMe page to raise enough money to fund a private search operation. Several famous footballers, including Adrien Rabiot, Gonzalo Higuain and Ilkay Gundogan donated to the cause.