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argentina MISSING PLANE FOUND

'It's a bad dream,' Emiliano Sala's father says after plane recovered

Investigators on Monday morning confirmed that a body has been found in the wreckage of the plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala when it disappeared in the English Channel.

Monday 4 February, 2019
A big screen shows the face of Emiliano Sala during a moments silence in his honour ahead of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 29, 2019.
A big screen shows the face of Emiliano Sala during a moments silence in his honour ahead of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 29, 2019. Foto:Ian KINGTON / AFP

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Argentine football star Emiliano Sala's father was awakened from a sound sleep on Sunday to learn that the plane in which his son was killed, has been found.

"I can't believe it. It's a bad dream," Horacio Sala said when contacted by Cronica TV at his home in Progreso.

He was the only one to stay behind in Argentina when the family rushed to Nantes, France to try to help with the search.

"I talk to them every day. But since I don't have WhatsApp it's expensive to call them or for them to call me. But anyway, they kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane," his father said.

Investigators on Monday morning confirmed that a body has been found in the wreckage of the plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala when it disappeared in the English Channel.

In underwater footage recorded by those searching for the vessel, a person's body is visible, British officials from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) officials confirmed.

The body has yet to be identified.

Sala was travelling from France to join up with his new club, Premier League side Cardiff City, in a light aircraft on January 21 when it went missing close to the Channel Islands.

Suspected debris from the plane washed up on the Normandy coastline in France last Wednesday.

Sala was flying in the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane after transferring from French team Nantes in a 17 million euro ($19.3 million) move.

Top footballers were among more than 4,500 contributors to a crowd funding page that raised over 300,000 euros (US$343,000) to look for the wreck.

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