Skip to main content

Emiliano Sala latest: New search for pilot David Ibbotson could begin next week, says family


A new search for the body of David Ibbotson, who was piloting the plane carrying Emiliano Sala, could begin next week, his family has said.
Mr Ibbotson is still missing after the Piper Malibu plane, which was flying from Nantes in France to Cardiff, crashed in the English Channel on January 21.
The body of Argentine footballer Sala was later recovered from the wreckage, which was found on the seabed off the coast of Guernsey.
The 28-year-old striker had just signed for Cardiff City from Nantes for £15 million.
Mr Ibbotson's family set up an online fundraising campaign to restart the search for his body, which has reached nearly £250,000.
A statement on the website said they hope to have deep sea divers operating at the beginning of next week.
Helicopter searches of coastal areas will also take place.
The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel as an attempt to recover it was hampered by bad weather.
Mr Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located.
Shipwreck hunting expert David Mearns, who assisted in the search which found Sala's body, said in a statement: "I have been assisting the family of pilot David Ibbotson to hopefully locate his body.>
"This search is technically very different to the underwater search for the Piper Malibu aircraft.
"It is dependent on good weather, neap tides and flight permits. The family needs space to plan.
"The search will include a dive to the wreck to rule out 100 per cent that David's body is there and a helicopter search of inaccessible coastal areas in the Channel Islands using trained pilots and observers. All contingent on good weather, permits, etc."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Lyon vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi and teammates get important draw in France

- Lyon vs Barcelona game in the Champions League round of 16 tie ended goalless on Tuesday night, February 19 - Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes of Lyon was superb for his club as he denied the likes of Lionel Messi and Dembele - Barcelona will have the chance in the second leg playing in front of their fans at the Camp Nou Lyon were on Tuesday night, February 19, forced to a goalless draw by visiting Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 encounter. The French club have never beaten the Catalan giants in their history, and Lyon players wanted to break this record, but Barcelona proved an hard nut for them to crack. Barcelona got the first chance of the game in the 5th minute when Gerard Pique sent a long ball to Dembele who was in a good position, but he failed to utilize the opportunity. Lionel Messi and Suarez also combined well three minutes later to beat Lyon defense, but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was brilliant to deny them. Lyon's got their b…

Plateau governorship election is inconclusive - INEC

- Pateau state governorship election has been declared inconclusive - The commission said the total number of votes cancelled is more than the difference in the number of votes the two major candidates got - The total number of votes cancelled in the state is 49, 347, while the total margin between leading candidates is 44, 929 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, March 11, declared the governorship elections in Plateau state inconclusive. Professor Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer for the election in the state announced this on Monday in Jos, after collating results from the 17 local government areas of the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Kimbir, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said the total number of votes cancelled is more than the difference in the number of votes the two major candidates got, “hence was constrained to declare the polls inconclusive”. The returning officer said Simon Lalon…

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn seeks permission to attend board meeting on Tuesday - Yomiuri

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is seeking permission from the Tokyo District Court to attend the company's board meeting on Tuesday, Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday. The Tokyo District Court is expected to decide whether it will give permission as soon as Monday, the report said. Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp plan to set up a joint board meeting structure to discuss issues related to their alliance in a step towards integration of operations, TV Tokyo reported on Sunday.