Emiliano Sala plane crash: Pilot search finds 'no sign'" width="976" height="549">
Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson
An underwater search has found "no sign" of the pilot of the plane which crashed with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board.David Ibbotson was flying the footballer to the UK when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed near Guernsey on 21 January.A shipwreck hunter who led the successful search for Sala's body said a "thorough" trawl of the wreckage had failed to locate Mr Ibbotson.Further searches are expected.The hunt for Mr Ibbotson, of Crowle, North Lincolnshire, is being funded via an online campaign launched by his family.
David Mearns who also led the search for Sala, announced the result of the latest search in a tweet. He said "two highly experienced technical divers spent 20 minutes searching and filming the plane".
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Returning to Guernsey having completed this morning a thorough search of the Piper Malibu wreckage, 2 highly experienced technical divers spent 20 mins searching & filming the plane, sadly there was absolutely no sign of the pilot David Ibbotson.— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 27, 2019
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A dive vessel was situated close to the spot where the Piper Malibu lost contact with air traffic control.In a notice issued to mariners, Guernsey Harbours asked vessels to give the dive boat Skin Deep a "wide berth" between 06:00 and 12:00 GMT.Mr Mearns has previously said he was assisting with attempts to find Mr Ibbotson, which would be "technically very different" to the previous underwater search.Sala's body was recovered from the plane wreck on the seabed.
The wreckage of the Piper Malibu found in 63m (205ft) of water north-west of Guernsey
The appeal launched by Mr Ibbotson's family has raised nearly A preliminary report into the crash by the Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed the pilot held a private licence but not one for commercial flights.
David Ibbotson's family launched an online appeal to raise ?300,000 for a private search
The Piper Malibu N264DB was en route from Nantes in France to Cardiff, two days after the Argentine striker's ?15m transfer was announced.An official search was called off on 24 January, but Sala's body was found after an appeal launched by his agent raised ?324,000 (371,000 euros) for a private search.
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