Emiliano's father bemoans 'bad dream' on update of son's missing plane
Emiliano’s father bemoans ‘bad dream’ on update of footballer son’s missing plane

Emiliano Sala’s father has reacted to news that the wreckage of the plane carrying the missing Cardiff City footballer was discovered in the English Channel.

The Piper Malibu N264DB that had been carrying 28-year-old Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, disappeared over the English Channel on January 21 after leaving Nantes in France for Cardiff.

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Two vessels, including one commissioned by the AAIB, using sonar had been taking part in a fresh search covering an area of around four square nautical miles.

Horacio Sala, father of the player has been speaking with the press in Argentina following the update.

Speaking at his home, Horacio Sala says he was “desperate” after a privately-funded search operation found the aircraft in waters north of Guernsey on Sunday.

“I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate,” Mr Sala tells local broadcaster Cronica TV.

“I communicated with them every day, but since I do not have WhatsApp it’s hard to call them or call me.

“They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane.”

Marine scientist David Mearns, the director of Blue Water Recoveries, led a team on the search vessel FPV Morven while the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) also sent a team aboard its the Geo Ocean III.

Mr Mearns tweets: “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.

“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”

Concise News reports the privately-funded operation on behalf of the Sala family was made possible after France football star, Kylian Mbappé and others donated through a crowdfunding campaign.

Sala scored 13 Ligue 1 and cup goals this season and has 48 goals from 132 appearances for Nantes, but is yet to play a single game for his new club before the unfortunate incident.