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Underwater Search For Sala's Plane

An underwater search for the missing light aircraft carrying Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson is due to start this weekend

The footballer's family is in Guernsey and has been taken on a flight over where the plane is believed to have vanished last Monday night.

An official search ended on Thursday. Nothing has been found.

The privately-funded operation is being led by marine scientist and shipwreck hunter David Mearns and is likely to start on Sunday:

"We have sourced and hired a survey vessel, equipped with state-of-the-art search equipment, which will be used to conduct an underwater search for the plane's wreckage in the area of the last radar contact.

Based on current weather predictions, we are hopeful that the underwater search will begin on the weekend - most probably Sunday."

More than 4,000 people have contributed in excess of £260,000 towards the search.

Surface searches will continue in the meantime, with local fishing boats among those helping to look for any sign of the plane, which had been flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has spoken publicly for the first time about the disappearance of Sala, 28, who signed from Nantes for a club record £15m.

"I have been in football management now for 40 years and it is by far the most difficult week in my career by an absolute mile. It's traumatic. I can't get my head around the situation."

 

Staff and fans of Cardiff are expected to wear yellow daffodils and pause for a moment of reflection on Tuesday for their match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating.

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