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Sala family will get answers if (the plane is) recovered: David Mearns
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Sala family will get answers if (the plane is) recovered: David Mearns

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Famous shipwreck hunter David Mearns said that there's a much greater chance they (the Sala family) will get answers if (the plane is) recovered.

David Mearns revealed the hope while he was speaking to the BBC. A Video footage recorded using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) showed one person in the wreckage. The "substantial amount of wreckage" of the plane, was found on Sunday morning after Mr Mearns' privately-funded search began. He said lifting the plane was now the most important task.

Rescue teams are now developing a recovery plan for the plane, which is 67m (207ft) below water. It is yet to confirm whether the body that has been seen in the underwater wreckage is that of footballer Emiliano Sala or the pilot David Ibbotson.

The flight had been carrying Argentine striker Sala, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Nantes, north west France, to Cardiff after Sala completed his £15m move to Cardiff City.

It would be conducted by a Ministry of Defence salvage marine operations vessel and Mr Mearns said one equipped for working in the North Sea with a dive support vessel would be able to lift the plane "within a matter of days". Mearns also added that their(Sala’s family) "worst fears are confirmed", saying: "It's going to take a long time for them to come to terms with the loss."

Bringing hope, a search on Sunday found the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey, almost two weeks after it went missing. The Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed the sighting on Monday. (With input from UNI)