The father of Emilliano Sala has explained his ordeal after the plane was found at the bottom of the English Channel following a crowd-funded sonar search two weeks after it vanished leaving the Argentine striker and his pilot missing feared dead.
‘I cannot believe it …. this is a dream … a bad dream … I’m desperate,’ said the Argentine striker’s father Horacio speaking from his home in the town of Progreso.
There was no news this morning on whether the remains of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson had been found in the wreckage.
The specialist search for the missing plane began off the coast of Guernsey yesterday morning and located the wreckage on the seabed just hours later.
Sala and pilot Ibbotson left Nantes in France for Cardiff on January 21 – after the star signed for the Welsh Premier League team, disappearing over the Channel.
The official search was called off after four days but Sala’s friends, family and fans clubbed together to pay for a private search to continue with renowned shipwreck hunter David Mearns.
On Sunday morning, their efforts paid off.
The wreckage of the Piper Malibu was formally identified by officials from the Air Accident Investigation Board.
The AAIB’s vessel deployed a remote-controlled submarine to examine the plane and tonight confirmed it was the craft carrying the striker. Families of both men have been informed of the discovery.