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Emiliano Sala: Cushions from missing plane found

Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson
Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson (right)

An underwater search for footballer Emiliano Sala’s plane will take place after cushions were found on a beach.

They were discovered near Surtainville on France’s Cotentin Peninsula, on Monday, by French authorities.

Following this, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has identified an area of four square nautical miles for the search.

The plane disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle in North Lincolnshire, on board last week.

Due to weather and sea conditions, an underwater search is not expected to start until the end of the week and will take up to three days, an AAIB spokesman said

Image caption Sala’s family arrived at Guernsey Airport on Sunday as a private search took place

It will use sonar equipment to locate wreckage on the sea bed.

Argentinian Sala signed for Cardiff City and was travelling from Nantes, where he previously played, when the flight was lost over the English channel.

An official search for it was called off with Guernsey officials saying there was little chance those on board survived, however, more than £290,000 was raised for a private search to continue.

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