Emiliano Sala’s father ‘desperate’ as missing plane found largely intact on Channel seabed

Emiliano Sala's father 'desperate' as missing plane found largely intact on Channel seabed

Emiliano Sala’s father has spoken of his anguish and disbelief after wreckage of the plane carrying the missing Cardiff City footballer was discovered in the English Channel.

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

Shipwreck hunter David Mearns said it was a “possibility” that the bodies of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson would be found among the plane wreckage in the English Channel, revealing the plane was largely still intact. 

Mr Mearns said “most” of the plane was there, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We were expecting to find a debris field, it is broken, but most of it is there.”

Asked whether the bodies were likely to still be on board, he said: “That’s a possibility, and they will be planning for that as well so there’s a number of things the AAIB have to consider but their main role obviously is to conduct their investigation of what caused this crash.”

The Argentinian footballer’s family told local broadcaster Cronica TV: “I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.

“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.”

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