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Wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s missing plane found on seabed

THE plane carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala has been found on the seabed of the English Channel.

A privately funded search team said last night the wreckage had been discovered off the coast of Guernsey.

It was ‘positively identified’ as the Piper Malibu light aircraft in which the 28-year-old Argentine striker had been travelling.

The families of Sala (pictured) and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, from Scunthorpe, were both informed following the discovery yesterday.

The pair had not been seen since their plane disappeared on January 21 as it flew from Nantes in France to Cardiff after the star’s record £15million signing for the club.

Shipwreck hunter David Mearns, whose crew had made the discovery, said last night air accident investigators would be making a statement later today with more information.

He told Sky News: ‘This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families, but tonight they’ve heard devastating news.

‘Out of respect for the families I won’t comment any further about what has happened.’

The private search began after official rescuers called off their operation on January 24.

During the flight Sala sent messages on WhatsApp expressing concern about the plane’s condition.

It comes after two plane seat cushions washed up on the French coast last week.