Sonar finds wreckage of footballer’s plane

'FPV Morven' The ‘FPV Morven’ was used to find the plane which went missing with Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala onboard. Credit: FPV Morven

Wreckage of the aircraft that was carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala has been found off Guernsey using sonar equipment deployed by US shipwreck hunter David Mearns.

Mr Mearns, who led a privately-funded search for the aircraft reported missing last month during a flight from France to Cardiff, said the plane was identified by survey vessel, the FPV Morven, which is equipped for recovery of subsea and surface instruments.

Confirming the discovery on Twitter on 3 February, Mr Mearns 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.”

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme on Monday, Mr Mearns, who conducted the search with his UK-based company Blue Water Recoveries, said: "We located the wreckage of the plane on the seabed at a depth of about 63m within the first couple of hours [of searching]."

After sonar was used to identify the plane, a submersible with cameras was sent underwater and was subsequently able to confirm it was the plane Mr Sala had been travelling in, reported the BBC.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is now working to recover the plane.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Latest Press Releases

Damen Marine Components completes supply of unique rudder and steering gear system to ice breaker

In an important milestone in the build of the Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) Nuyina for the... Read more

Successful full performance test CEMEX dredge pump e-motor

Largest submersed permanent magnet e-motor passed test with flying colours Read more

Manor Renewable Energy to power Hohe See Offshore Wind Farm

Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) Ltd has signed a contract with EnBW to provide the full temporary power... Read more

High Speed Transfers’ second Damen FCS 2710 to debut with Shell

Supporting active drilling operations sets new level of CTV engagement Read more

Damen and Arriva extend ferry service from Copenhagen city centre to port area with two additional Damen Ferries 2306E3

Arriva Danmark has extended the requirements of its contract with Damen Shipyards Group in order to ... Read more

Damen Marine Components wins first order in Turkey

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has signed its first order with a Turkish Shipyard. The client is TERS... Read more

View all