Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Emiliano Sala's sister shares touching tribute to Argentine football star

Emiliano Sala's sister shares touching tribute to Argentine football star

The plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, who are both missing presumed dead, was discovered by a private underwater search team on Sunday (Feb 3) morning. If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage.

And Sala's sister Romina ysterday shared a heartbreaking photo on Facebook of the footballer's dog Nala sitting at the door of his home.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered on February 3 after a privately-funded sonar search and collaboration between the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd.

Below are pictures of Emiliano Sala's dog, before his master went missing, and now as it looks in hope for his return.

Although the seabed search on Sunday was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators, they have not said if they plan to raise the wreckage to the surface.

The wreckage was located two days after seat cushions washed up on the beach near Surtainville in Normandy, France, and Mearns, who is no longer involved in the mission, confirmed in an Agence France-Press report that divers were on-site, considering what to do next.

The plane was found mostly intact, despite Mr Mearns expecting a "debris field", and one body was visible in footage captured by a submersible. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot, passenger and police.

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"Regardless of the results, we will not be making a further statement until the families have been informed".

Speaking on Monday, he said: "There's a much greater chance they [the Sala family] will get answers if [the plane is] recovered".

Emiliano had been travelling from Nantes - where his previous club is based - to meet up with his new teammates at Cardiff City, after signing a £15 million transfer deal from the French club.

"It's imperative that the plane is recovered, and now even more so now we know someone is down there", Mearns said.

"I communicated with them every day, but since I do not have WhatsApp it's hard to call them or call me".

"To get the chance to play at a big European club was an awesome step for him and for his town back home".

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