Emiliano Sala: Attempts to recover body in aircraft under way

Emiliano Sala plane

However, David Mearns, director of Bluewater Recoveries - the company in charge of the renewed efforts to locate the plane - has stated that both Sala and pilot David Ibbotson's families "know" that the pair have passed away.

"Finding it is just the starting point".

Work is continuing on the operation to recover the body located in the wreck of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, investigators have said.

It was found by a sea search vessel paid for by Sala's family on Sunday and a small submarine with an HD camera confirmed it was the Piper Malibu that disappeared over the Channel Islands two weeks ago. The AAIB has got to investigate it.

He is back at his home in England, but confirmed that AAIB divers are now on the site, trying to establish what to do next.

"What I know is that they only have one body, that's everything I know".

"The issue is where the body is; that is to say if it is free or if it's stuck in the seats".

"We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring".

Mr Mearns, who has spearheaded around 20 historic wreck discoveries including one of Britain's most famous battleships the HMS Hood, said with the right equipment it should be a relatively straightforward job to lift the plane.

More than £300,000 was raised through a GoFundMe page in order to launch the privately-funded search for Sala's aircraft.

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"We were told by the AAIB that they didn't feel that there was much to be gained", he said.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said Sala would have been "really proud" of the team after they won 2-0 in their first home match since the plane vanished.

The AAIB ended up chartering a ship to join Mearns on Sunday.

"It's a matter of will to do it", he added.

Marine scientist David Mearns - known as "The Shipwreck Hunter" - led a team on the search vessel FPV Morven, which found the plane.

Local police called off the search after a few days, saying it was very unlikely anyone would still be found alive.

The plane was carrying Cardiff City's new striker Sala, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, to Cardiff on 21 January after the footballer returned to FC Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates.