The aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning and their families have been told
The plane carrying Emiliano Sala has been found and his family have been told.
Wreckage from the aircraft was discovered by a search boat on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning.
Both Sala and pilot David Ibbotson are missing presumed dead after the Piper Malibu aircraft went missing on January 22.
David Mearns, a renowned shipwreck hunter who headed the private search for Sala, tweeted: “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.”
Mearns added: “Our job is done. This is an active investigation now in the hands of the AAIB, and they will be taking over as agreed”.
“We’ve had a long trip back and all I could think about was the families. This is what they wanted us to do, we’ve achieved it and that’s the best we could have hoped for – the best outcome.
“An incredibly tragic and sad, and a devastating moment, but at least some of their questions will be answered because of what we will be able to do today.”
Guernsey Police had initially been searching for Sala, but called it off after four days.
Sala had signed for Cardiff City in a club-record £15million deal from Nantes shortly before his disappearance.
He had put pen to paper with the Bluebirds before flying to France to say goodbye to his old teammates and staff.
But on his planned return to South Wales, the aircraft carrying the forward disappeared from radars.
Cardiff played their first home game since his disappearance against Bournemouth on Saturday, winning 2-0.
And boss Neil Warnock was clearly emotional afterwards, shedding a tear as he applauded the supporters.
“The crowd were amazing all the way around,” said the former Sheffield United manager. It has been a very emotional 10 days. It just got to me in the end. It can’t be helped, can it?
“I thought [the players] were amazing. I thought they were at Arsenal.
“Today wasn’t just about surviving, I thought we played well as well because they’re a decent team Bournemouth.”