Cushions found on beach believed to be from missing plane that Emiliano Sala was on.


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,by French authorities. Following this, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has identified an area of four square nautical miles for a search. 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.
Josette BernardSandy cushion on a beach
The AAIB will now use sonar equipment to locate any wreckage on the sea bed. A spokesman said French safety authorities found the two seat cushions, which preliminary examinations suggested were likely from the missing aircraft. Following this, detailed assessments of the flight path and last known radar position were carried out, which identified the search area.
The PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft