Search For Missing Pilot Ends

A search for missing pilot David Ibbotson has been stopped.

£250,000 was raised to restart the effort to find Mr Ibbotson, the pilot of the plane that crashed north of Alderney last month.

Marine scientist David Mearns led a thorough search of the wreckage this morning with 2 technical divers, without any sign of him.

A helicopter search over the Channel Islands and coastlines was also conducted with nothing found.

Mr Ibbotson was on the light aircraft with Emiliano Sala, taking the footballer from Nantes to Wales after he signed for Premier League club Cardiff City.

A preliminary report by the AAIB into the facts of the crash found that the plane turned, rose and descended several times to avoid rain on the journey, before turning 180° and dropping nearly 7,000m.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch found Mr Sala's body held in the plane's wreckage earlier this month, but the whereabouts of Mr Ibbotson's body remains unknown.

A final report is still being worked on.

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