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04th Feb 2019

The plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson has been found

The plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and a pilot, who went missing over the English Channel, has been found

Reuben Pinder

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.

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.

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