The plane conveying former Nantes striker Emiliano Sala which got lost over the English channel, has been found.
After what has been a frantic and tense two weeks of searching, what was left of the plane was finally found.
The plane, which was called the Piper Malibu, disappeared on the 21st of January and it was said to be conveying Sala to his new club, Cardiff.
The striker along with pilot David Ibbotson has subsequently disappeared.
A privately-funded search operation, led by David Mearns, was responsible for the find.
In a tweet, the Marine scientist said: “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. #EmilianoSala”
“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police.”
He added: “Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”
David Mearns’ team worked closely with the AAIB to facilitate the search which commenced on Sunday following huge pressure from the internet and £324,000 raised from an online appeal.
A recovery operation will get underway soon and a statement will be released soon.
The player was recognised by Cardiff fans and players alike over the past week in the two games they played against Arsenal and Bournemouth respectively.
Sala scored 13 goals across all competitions for Nantes this year before being acquired for £15m by Cardiff