Search for Emiliano Sala continues after finding seat cushions from the missing plane

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SEARCH: Underwater search for Emiliano Sala’s plane will begin at the weekend. Photo: @FootballFactly


TWO seat cushions believed to have come from the plane carrying former Soledad de Palma footballer Emiliano Sala, have been washed up on a beach near Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed today the items were found by the French safety investigation authority, on Monday.

A statement read: “From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.”

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The plane Argentine Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson were travelling in disappeared from radar while crossing the English Channel eight days ago. They were en-route to Cardiff after Sala, 28, was signed by the football club two days earlier.

A three-day search for the aircraft found no trace of the plane or passengers, and was called off by coastguards last Thursday.

But an independent search began on Saturday after around €280,000 was raised on a GoFundMe page following media appeals from the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Argentine president Mauricio Macri.

And now, AAIB investigators have identified a priority search area of about four square nautical miles and a three day underwater search will begin at the weekend.

“We will be gathering all the available evidence to conduct a thorough investigation. However, if the aircraft is not found it is likely to limit the scope of the investigation,” read the statement.


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