Salvage operation begins for body found in plane wreckage

Salvage operation begins for body found in plane wreckage

"We can think that the plane did not make a fall, but rather that the pilot, perhaps following the engine stop, tried to land, which is obviously very hard to do", he told Bouchard.

"Had that not happened, I don't think anybody would have searched for the plane", Mearns said.

"It has crashed, it is broken but it is all there, it is not like it is fragmented, it is not like it is in hundreds of pieces".

However, David Mearns, director of Bluewater Recoveries - the company in charge of the renewed efforts to locate the plane - has stated that both Sala and pilot David Ibbotson's families "know" that the pair have passed away.

Ibbotson, 59, had been hired to fly Sala to and from the French town over the weekend as he prepared for his new life in Cardiff.

"If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage", an Air Accidents Investigation Branch spokesperson said in a statement.

Mr Mearns, who has been in close contact with the Sala family, welcomed the decision by the AAIB to attempt to recover the body.

The AAIB also released a grainy image showing a part of the fuselage with the aircraft registration. An interim report is due to be published in just over two weeks.

Sala's father Horacio earlier spoke of his shock on hearing the plane had been found, after a private search organised by the family.

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Speaking from his home in Argentina, Sala's father Horatio said: 'This is a dream.

Authorities are now rushing to recover the body that was spotted in the seabed wreckage.

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".

"I shall still do what I can to the last minute that the family need me".

"We were told by the AAIB that they didn't feel that there was much to be gained", he said.

Investigators are attempting to recover the body located in the wreckage of the plane, sunken approximately 67m underwater off the coast of Guernsey. "They are very keen but bad weather may delay that operation", he went on.

"While it wasn't a ship we were looking for this time, I did start my career searching for aircraft and this was the same type of problem to solve".

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Sala and Ibbotson at this hard time.

"That is why I agreed to do this search".

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