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Sala search: ‘One occupant visible’ in video of wreckage

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A view of scarves placed outside Cardiff City Stadium in tribute to Emiliano Sala, ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Cardiff and Bournemouth at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP)


The Air Accident Investigation Bureau says it can see a body in the wreckage of the plane that carried Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson from France toward Wales.

The search is the second conducted in the hopes of finding the plane, which disappeared at sea on Jan. 21.

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A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) found the wreckage.

“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”

The 28-year-old Sala scored 13 times in 21 matches for Nantes this season before his sale to Cardiff City. In 198 career matches for Caen, Girondins Bordeaux, Nantes, and Chamois Niort, he scored 72 times with 19 assists.

Cardiff won in its first home match since the disappearance of the plane, with striker Bobby Decordova-Reid showing a shirt emblazoned with Sala’s photo after scoring the first of two goals.

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