Two seat cushions have been found which are likely to have come from the plane carrying missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement: “On the morning of Monday, January 28, we were advised by the Bureau d’Enquetes and d’Analyses, the French safety investigation authority, that part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula.
“A second cushion was found in the same area later that day.
“From a preliminary examination, we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.”
The official search for the missing footballer was called off on Thursday against his family’s wishes.
Since then, a privately-funded search has been scouring the Channel for signs of the missing plane and its occupants – the footballer and pilot David Ibbotson.
The cushions were discovered on the beach in north-eastern France, around 40 miles from where the aircraft vanished above Guernsey.