Emiliano Sala: Body visible in wreckage of plane, AAIB reports

Emiliano Sala: Body visible in wreckage of plane, AAIB reports

Emiliano Sala: Body visible in wreckage of plane, AAIB reports

On Sunday morning it managed to search an area of four nautical miles (around eight kilometres) of the English Channel and detected the plane 63 metres underwater using the boat's sonar equipment.

Investigators say they plan to release an interim report into the accident later this month.

Sala and Ibbotson disappeared on January 22 when the the plane carrying them from Nantes, France to Cardiff dropped off the radar over Guernsey.

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One person who claimed to have been a pilot for the Channel Island Air Search for 15 years said she found the comments "insulting to the volunteers" while others have argued the authorities had been focused on a much bigger area.

The light aircraft carrying Sala and Ibbotson disappeared two weeks ago as it made the journey from Nantes - where Sala had played since 2015. The search lasted just over an hour and a half.

Mearns also said "the families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police", adding that the AAIB will be making a statement on Monday.

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She said the AAIB would issue a statement on Monday. "Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David".

"They kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane".

"The AAIB commissioned specialist vessel Geo Ocean III, and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and the search area was divided between the vessels".

Once the privately-funded team had located the wreckage, the AAIB took over with an underwater remotely operated vehicle, or ROV.

When asked if the body would be recovered before the wreck itself, he said: "That's down to the AAIB and their operational people about how they do that". The first step of a formal investigation, which will decide the causes of the accident, will dictate the reasons and responsibilities and to whom the negligence corresponds, if any.

"I understand their priorities are a little bit different to the families' (priorities), but I don't think they can rest now", Mearns told British radio station Talk Sport. Given the responsibility of the experts and the subsequent judicial implications, it is essential to preserve the place and the conditions in which the wreckage was found.

Another vessel, hired by the AAIB, then used its remotely operated vehicle to survey the seabed.

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