Private search for Sala plane underway

London, Feb 3 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 2/3/2019 12:19:31 PM IST

The private underwater search for the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson is underway.

Chief investigator David Mearns, who is a shipwreck hunter and marine biologist, will lead the underwater search with two vessels conducting sonar surveys off Guernsey.

Mearns has said they will cooperate with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), who will be providing one of the vessels.

The search for the wreckage has been narrowed to four square nautical miles - it lies 24 miles (38.6km) north of Guernsey towards the French coast.

Cushions believed to be from the plane were washed up on a beach near Surtainville on France’s Cotentin Peninsula.

The plane carrying Cardiff City’s January signing Sala and pilot Ibbotson disappeared while flying over the English Channel on January 21.


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