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Emiliano Sala: Cushions 'from missing plane' found

January 31, 2019 5:20 am

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 a search.

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The plane disappeared with Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle, 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.

Unverified photographs of cushions, taken on Wednesday, were captured by a woman taking a walk on the beach near Surtainville.

Investigators believe the two seat cushions pictured came from the aircraft.

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