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Investigators spot body in wreckage of plane carrying missing soccer player

Investigators spot body in wreckage of plane carrying missing soccer player

An underwater remotely operated vehicle surveyed the seabed and confirmed an object was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, with the registration N264DB visible in a picture of the fuselage released Monday.

"Tragically, in video footage from the [underwater remotely operated vehicle] ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage".

Pilot David Ibbotson, the other man on board, was taking Sala to Cardiff where he was to start playing for his new club in the Premier League after signing from French club Nantes.

"We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring", it said.

"I can confirm it has been found", a spokesperson said, adding a statement would be issued on Monday.

Initial search and recovery efforts were called off three days after the flight disappeared, but the search was then resumed after Sala's family raised funds to continue the efforts.

Sala's distraught dad told local broadcaster Crónica TV that "he can not believe it". Speaking at his home in Argentina, Horacio Sala told a local broadcaster: "I can not believe it".

Sala's father Horacio Sala, who is still back home in Argentina, woke up with the news of the plane wreckage being found.

On Twitter this evening, search leader David Mearns confirmed the wreckage has been found.

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The plane had been carrying 28-year-old Sala, and had been piloted by David Ibbotson.

"I talk to them every day".

Sala was travelling from France to join up with Cardiff City in a light aircraft when it disappeared.

On Sunday it was announced private investigators hired by the star's family had discovered the doomed aircraft on the seabed using two boats which picked up a sonar signal, two weeks after it dropped off the radar.

The official search operation was called off on January 24 after Guernsey's harbour master, Captain David Barker, said "the chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote".

An underwater search was swiftly launched.

Mr Mearns said he approached the Sala family offering his services after seeing an emotional plea from Romina, the footballer's sister.

This photo made available by Josette Bernard on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019, shows a seat cushion from a plane on a beach at Surtainville, France.

Cardiff City held a ceremony for Sala prior to its game against Arsenal last week, the team's first match since he went missing.